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Why the Affordable Care Act is not the new Y2K

Experts predicted a flood of patients to sweep over physician practice waiting rooms as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We recommended offices take every measure to expand access and...

Docs almost evenly divided on Affordable Care Act

A new poll from Kaiser Family Foundation showed that 52 percent of primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants reported that they dislike the law, compared to 48 percent who said the opposite.

Celebrating 5 years of FiercePracticeManagement!

On this day in 2010, the first iPads had gone on sale and Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" was the top song on the radio. Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act had just become law, the Sustainable Growth Rate was still wreaking havoc and I was compiling the first-ever issue of  FiercePracticeManagement.

Report: Physician practices not hit by ACA access crisis

Despite opposition from its start five years ago, some fears related to the Affordable Care Act have failed to materialize. For example, the 16.4 million Americans who gained private health insurance over the past years did not flood physician office waiting rooms nearly to the extent anticipated. 

President vows to veto any ACA repeal

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama indicated that attempts to roll back any of his landmark achievements--including the Affordable Care Act--will earn his veto.

Physicians warming to Affordable Care Act

After much initial backlash to the Affordable C are Act  (ACA), physicians are beginning to rate the law and some of its components more favorably,  according to   a new survey from the Medicus Firm physician search consultancy.

ACA's long-term impact on malpractice rates unknown

Medical malprac tice  premiums in several specialties have declined slightly or stayed flat over the past year, according to  Medical Liability Monitor 's annual rate su rvey. Overall, 65 percent of liability insurance rates remained steady nationwide, with obstetrician/gynecologists, internists and general surgeons experiencing decreases for the seventh straight year, reported   Medscape Medical News.

Narrow networks lower spending by a third, research finds

Although narrow networks aren't popular among providers and some states are even urging insurers to widen their provider lists, narrow networks can help lower healthcare costs by reducing patient spending by as much as a third, according to a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

ACA reality: Expect the unexpected

Almost exactly a year ago,  FiercePracticeManagement  described key ways to prepare your office for healthcare reform, including steps to ready your practice for a predicted influx of new patients. Reality brought some surprises in that arena, however, and more. New patient visits actually declined slightly in the first five months of the Affordable Care Act, according to a report from AthenaHealth.

3 innate leadership skills of physicians

In an era of steep healthcare challenges, physicians are often asked to lead their organizations through myriad unprecedented changes. And although leadership and executive positions are often outside doctors' traditional roles, research suggests that physician leadership is key to helping organizations thrive.