Patients depend on physicians and assume they're empathetic. But when it comes to paying for services, a few patients expect that empathy to include letting your fee go if they ignore the bill.
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Thursday, June 6, 2019
These days, doctors find that many patients come into appointments having already diagnosed themselves based on information they found on the Internet. Given the unregulated nature of the Web, patients often present misleading or distorted information as the basis for self-evaluations when they meet with their physicians.
Friday, May 24, 2019
Studies show that only a handful of adults are visiting and using information from websites that rate physicians. For example, more than 80 percent of California-based adults say they use the Internet for health-related information, such as medical symptoms and diagnoses, according to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the California HealthCare Foundation. But less than 25 percent of those surveyed say they have visited physician ratings sites, and only 2 percent of those actually made a physician change based on the information they found. Even fewer, less than 1 percent, say they made a hospital or health plan switch based on online ratings.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Let's say a partner in your medical practice exits partway through the firm's tax year. How are partnership tax items for that year allocated between the departing partner and the remaining partners? There is more than one way to handle this situation. In general, three methods are allowed for making such allocations.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
If there's one thing that can harm the success of a medical practice, it's having patients spending too much time in the waiting room. Appointment scheduling is a critical function of a doctor's office, yet many practices schedule in a seemingly haphazard fashion. Often, the practice's scheduling strategy, if you want to call it that, is to fill an appointment into any slot available with little regard for the reasons patients are being seen.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Nursing homes and personal-care facilities present many health and safety risks for their employees. In fact, combined with patient violence against employees, the situation has become so serious that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made nursing homes a top priority for safety inspections.
Friday, March 29, 2019
When it's time to negotiate or renegotiate a physician's employment contract, there are critical issues that must be understood and settled. The fulfillment and career potential of the physician and the success of the practice depend on it.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
It takes years to build up a successful medical practice that is respected and valued by the community. It can also take time to find a qualified buyer at a satisfactory price. However, you can take several steps now to help provide a smooth transition when you finally put out a "for sale" sign.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Every year, studies show that many employees are injured while carrying out their duties. Some even die from job-related illnesses or injuries.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Over time, doctors develop their own unique style of practicing medicine. The same is true of medical groups. They develop a style that involves creating a work culture and passing information about it on to staff members. A medical practice's approach to issues such as sick leave and overtime pay are defined and revised over time until they become ingrained in the office's culture.