While running anall-cash practice--or one that doesn't accept health insurance--allows doctors to charge what they're worth, physicians must balance that benefit against the harsh reality that they can't treat patients on Medicaid,writesAshley Maltz, M.D., an integrative medicine physician, in aKevinMD.comblog post
When it comes toend-of-life decisions, it's often unclear whether doctors or patients should have the final say. The philosophical, legal, ethical and economic impacts of these challenging decisions about the type of care patients receive when they are near the end of their lives puts doctors in the hot seat,reportsMedscape.
Patients who love their doctors are more likely totake medications as prescribedand make lifestyle changes, said Dean Ornish, M.D., a clinical professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and founder of the nonprofit Preventative Medicine Research Institute, in a Q&ApublishedinMedscape.
Sickness often won't get in the way of doctors going to workand caring for patients. Despite the known health risks, studies indicate that physicians don't want to call in sick and let down their colleagues or their patients. Stuart Kaplan, M.D., chief of rheumatology at Oceanside, New York's South Nassau Communities Hospital, has rarely taken a sick day in his 20 years of practicing medicine.
Medical schools can prepare future physicians to better care for patients if they include courses that address thesocial issuesthat impact patients' health and how toengage with patientsthroughtelemedicine, says a resident physician at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital.
From technology solutions to personal phone calls, physician practices are experimenting with various ways to drive down the number ofno-show patients,according toa recentMedscapearticle. Here are three strategies that have worked.