Debra Beaulieu-Volk

Debra Beaulieu-Volk

<p>Debra Beaulieu-Volk, editor of <em>FiercePracticeManagement</em>, is responsible for getting the latest physician practice news, analysis and trends practice leaders need into their inboxes every Wednesday. Prior to her position at Fierce, she was the senior managing editor of The Doctor&#39;s Office as well as other practice management publications published by HCPro/HealthLeaders Media. Deb is also an avid long-distance runner with an eye toward the Boston Marathon. In other endurance events, she tries her best to keep up with her two toddlers, who are 13 months apart in age but often get mistaken for twins. Deb works remotely from Boston, Mass., and can be reached at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a&gt;. You can also follow <a href="http://twitter.com/PracticeMgt">@PracticeMgt</a&gt; on Twitter or find her on <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/debbeaulieu">LinkedIn</a>.</p&gt;

Stories by Debra Beaulieu-Volk

Physicians who made the switch share their stories

There are several reasons physicians are drawn to alternative practice models, such as direct pay and concierge medicine. For Doug Pitman, M.D., the most meaningful benefit of switching to concierge care was the ability to restore balance to his life, according to acommentaryinMD Magazine.

Women physicians celebrated, but still lack full support

It&#39;s been 167 years since Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. Today, with the ranks offemale physicians inching closer to 50 percent, practices are recognizing the benefits of a gender-diverse workforce, according to anarticlefromThe Morning Sun. Nonetheless, not all female physicians are satisfied that the culture of medicine has truly supported women doctors, particularly with regard to motherhood, according to apostfrom theKevinMDblog.

Small practices cannot afford to let financial issues slide

Your practice&#39;s revenue cycle--collecting the full amounts owed in a timely manner--can mean the difference between keeping the doors open and shuttering them for good, a predicament Nicholas Greco, former practice manager for a solo, psychiatric practice based in Gurnee, Ill., knows all too well. To catch business-threatening problems in your practice before it&#39;s too late, consider the following advice.