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Physicians, Payers, and Patients: Partnering for Success

Fee-for-service initiated a healthcare system that led to skyrocketing prices, which eventually undercut the ultimate goal of medicine: providing patients with high quality care at the best cost, for the optimal patient outcome. Physicians and payers often feel at odds in their sometimes competing methods of arriving at the same goal of patient well-being. These …

Who Owns the Doctor-Patient Relationship?

According to an ancient Greek myth, Heracles — known more commonly by his Roman name, Hercules — encounters the giant Antaeus, son of Gaea, who is Mother Earth. Antaeus challenges Heracles to a wrestling match; the giant is invincible as long as he is in contact with Mother Earth. Heracles, realizing his opponent’s advantage, defeats …

Doctors Make Lousy Secretaries! How Clerical Work is Ruining Our Profession

 In the early days of my career, one of my favorite pastimes was catching up with my partners during the short intervals between seeing patients. My coworkers and I would commiserate about work-life balance, patients with difficult diagnostic problems, and new and important treatments for the diseases we saw in patients. But, about 10 years …



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