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As 2014 comes to a close, NJAFP would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of Your Academy in Action a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 14.
Board: Are there too many 'doctors' in medical profession?
From Feb. 26: Just who is entitled to be called “doctor” in hospitals, medical offices and other clinical settings is being considered by the State Board of Medical Examiners. Under a proposal before the board, physician assistants with doctoral degrees would be barred from using the title in clinical settings. Board member Kevin Walsh, a physician assistant, said the rule would help ease confusion among patients.
Docs air reasons for job dissatisfaction
From July 2: A medical staffing firm survey shows what's really behind job dissatisfaction among physicians: stress, declining reimbursements and loss of autonomy. Six out of ten physicians said they would quit if they could, a survey commissioned by the Physicians Foundation in 2012 revealed.
15-minute visits take a toll on the doctor-patient relationship
Kaiser Health News with USA Today
From April 23: Patients — and physicians — say they feel the time crunch as never before as doctors rush through appointments as if on roller skates to see more patients and perform more procedures to make up for flat or declining reimbursements. It's not unusual for primary care doctors' appointments to be scheduled at 15-minute intervals. Some physicians who work for hospitals say they've been asked to see patients every 11 minutes.
Report: NJ hospitals most expensive in the US
From Jan. 16: New Jersey has the nation's most expensive hospitals, with Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus charging the highest rates in the country, according to an analysis of federal data by the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the nation.
5 steps to becoming a primary care leader
Family Practice News
From Jan. 29: With ever more data demonstrating that patient-centered medical homes are the core of successful ACOs, it's becoming clear that primary care physicians can have a meaningful role in the accountable care movement. In fact, primary care physicians have the opportunity to lead ACO development. So, what's required to make a primary care physician a successful ACO leader? It begins with these five fundamental steps.
Nationwide physician tax scam
From May 21: Physicians throughout the U.S. should be aware of a nationwide tax scam that has affected hundreds of physicians and most likely many more to come. A database with physician SSN has been hacked and e-file tax returns in many states have been fraudulently filed in an attempt to obtain refunds. This may lead to troubles when filing the correct return. NJAFP has heard reports from other chapters whose members have been affected by this scam. Please see the article in Medical Practice Insider May 8, 2014 Volume 3 Issue 19 on the Web for some specifics and recommendations of who to notify. NJAFP members should consider monitoring their credit reports or subscribing to a monitoring service as a way of keeping a vigilant eye on personal data.
Should doctors work for hospitals?
From June 4: Hospitals are buying up medical practices at a feverish pace. According to data from the American Hospital Association, the number of physicians employed by hospitals grew by 34 percent between 2000 and 2010, and the pace shows no signs of slackening. In reviewing its data for the past decade, a large physician recruiting firm found that in 2004 only 11 percent of physician searches were conducted by hospitals, but by 2013 that figure had risen to 63 percent.
Top 10 hospitals in New Jersey paying high price for high readmission rates
From Oct. 22: New Jersey has the nation's highest percentage of hospitals having their Medicare reimbursements reduced because they failed to meet Affordable Care Act targets for reducing the number of patients readmitted after treatment. New Jersey's dubious distinction is included in a state-by-state list contained in a report by Kaiser Health News.
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Why physician compensation is flat for some doctors
From Dec. 3: The demand for docs, especially in primary care and internal medicine, is at an all-time high, in part thanks to the Affordable Care Act's push to get people out of the ER and into medical practice waiting rooms. Yet as the industry shifts toward value-based care models, physician compensation for primary care isn't budging much. And what’s more, it won't be budging anytime soon.
Survey: EHRs cause physicians to lose 48 minutes per day
From Sept. 10: As a physician, free time is a scarce enough commodity without having to factor in convoluted EHR workflows and frozen computers, but a large number of providers surveyed by the American College of Physicians are still reporting significant productivity losses due to their EHR technology. In a letter published in JAMA, participants in the poll reported an average of 48 minutes lost each day to EHR woes including sluggish record retrieval and cumbersome documentation processes.
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