More: Practice Management

Tips for Scripts: Prescription Assistance Resources You Can Pass on to Your Patients

As the Manager of Clinical Pharmacy Services, I promote clinically appropriate, evidenced-based therapies for prescribing quality medication use and cost savings to Privia Medical Group Physicians. It’s just one of the many ways that Privia removes burdens from our physicians so they can focus on providing quality care to their patients.    Medication adherence is …

Faced with Sunsetting Your Practice? Top 3 Physician Recruiting Tips for Retiring Practitioners

A lot has changed in primary care over the last decade. The workforce is aging, Science Daily reports that physicians are retiring at a rate of 18 percent annually, and many medical students simply don’t have a desire to practice primary care medicine, preferring instead to specialize in the interests of prestige, higher salaries, and …

Prior Authorizations: How to Manage this Hidden Healthcare Cost

Administrative burdens — tasks mandated by commercial and government insurers — overwhelm the healthcare system on a daily basis and are just one aspect of what ails our troubled healthcare system. One such task, experienced by nearly every stakeholder in the delivery of healthcare (including the patient), is managing prior authorization requests required by most …

Embrace the Quadruple Aim, Improve Work Lives of Providers and Staff

As the Chief Medical Officer of Privia, a 1600-provider medical group, I’m always striving to combat burnout by staying abreast of the tools, knowledge, and resources physicians need to help improve efficiency, deliver feedback and reduce administrative burdens. You may have heard of the Triple Aim, a concept developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. …

Why Patients Should be the Center of the Healthcare Universe

My Story Three years ago, I suffered a debilitating core injury while playing hockey. Barely able to walk, I made my way to the local urgent care center for an evaluation. Diagnosed with a severe muscle strain, I was quickly prescribed physical therapy and sent on my way, with orders to follow-up with my PCP …

Tips for Scripts: Provider Best Practices for Medication Management

As the Manager of Clinical Pharmacy Services, I promote clinically appropriate, evidence-based therapies for prescribing quality medication use and cost savings to Privia Medical Group Physicians. It’s just one of the many ways that Privia removes burdens from our physicians so they can focus on providing quality care to their patients.   Looking to reduce …

Men’s Health Month: Useful Tips for Communication

June is National Men’s Health Month, and this week is National Men’s Health Week. To help providers connect with those patients who tend to be a bit reticent to acknowledge issues when it comes to their health, Privia would like to offer some tips for effective communication while in the exam room. First, we’d like …

Why Physician-Led Organizations Work

I’ve had many opportunities to address physicians across the spectrum of healthcare settings, from those who run private practices, to those who work in large and small groups, to those who are hospital affiliated and employed. I often ask them the question “who controls the practice of medicine?” The answers I receive vary: government, insurance …

Diverting High-Cost Frequent Flyers: Population Health Tactics to Manage High Utilizers

Normally, the word “diversion” conjures images of sleep-deprived arrivals at regional airports; an experience to be avoided at all costs. In medicine, however, diversions — from emergency departments, inpatient settings, specialist visits, and urgent care clinics — are to be embraced for their cost-mitigation attributes. A quick Google search returns hundreds of pieces written over …

Q&A with an Office Manager: An Insider’s Perspective on Quality Management

I recently sat down with office manager Brandy Fernandes to discuss strategies to improve quality management implementation in an independent practice. Brandy has successfully managed Dr. Fred Taweel’s office, Internal Medicine Associates of Reston (IMAR), for ten years. As one of the highest performing practices at Privia, IMAR has experienced an increase in cleanly coded …



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