Tag Archives: Physicians

The Immigration Ban And The Physician Workforce

There are more than 7,000 physicians trained in countries targeted by the new executive order working in the United States. Their departure can have deleterious consequences for the management of life-threatening conditions for hundreds of individuals.

March 6, 2017

What New Resident Work Hours Mean For Physician Well-Being And Patient Safety

The question of work hour standards appropriately provokes great emotion in the graduate medical education community. The ACGME's proposed changes to training requirements take into account changing clinical practices and evidence from recent studies.

February 9, 2017

What Is The ‘Relative Value’ Of An Infectious Disease Physician?

In the 2016 internal medicine fellowship match, in which residents were matched with subspecialty training programs, 35 percent of available ID training positions nationwide were left unfilled.

February 3, 2017

Medicare Physician Payment: Why It’s Still A Problem, And What To Do Now

MACRA is indeed better than what came before, but it still leaves in place perverse incentives that threaten to undermine quality and access for Medicare beneficiaries.

January 27, 2017

First, Do No Harm: A Physician Secretary Of HHS And The Reach Of Hippocrates

If the U.S. Senate confirms the nomination of Representative Tom Price to serve as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) he will be only the third physician to lead that department since its formation in 1953.

January 17, 2017

Project ECHO: Enthusiasm Overtakes Evidence

ECHO may be a silver bullet, but at this point the hopes for the model seem a bit overheated and greater caution can help us focus more on learning and refinement for now, preventing a later catastrophic disappointment.

January 3, 2017

Rewarding Provider Performance: Ten Years In

Ten years ago, the Institute of Medicine released a report reflecting the work of an IOM subcommittee that Robert Reischauer and I co-chaired. Ten years later, the country is further along this path, but we are still relatively early in the process.

December 6, 2016

Health Technology And Human Touch Need Not Be At Odds

As physicians, I think we can all agree that we desperately need to restore and maximize human touch in medicine. When technology helps us achieve that, we should embrace it.

November 15, 2016

Primary Care Workforce: The Need To Remove Barriers For Nurse Practitioners And Physicians

Only when physicians and Nurse Practitioners are able to practice to the fullest extent of their education and training will the nation reap the full benefit of expanded access to quality primary care services and a reduction in unnecessary costs to the health care system.

October 26, 2016

MACRA Final Rule: CMS Strikes A Balance; Will Docs Hang On?

The central theme of the MACRA Final Rule is its softening of key parameters in an effort to allay provider concerns, rally participation, and avoid adverse consequences out of the gate. The complexity and Icarian vision of MACRA abides, but CMS is all but ushering docs in with their bare hands.

October 17, 2016