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10 Reasons Your Medical Practice is Failing, and How to Fix It by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As the ExtraMD, PookieMD has seen lots of practices.  I have also been asked to evaluate failing practices to see where they got off track.  There are some common themes ... Read on »
10 Things Patients Love To Hate About Their Doctors by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Patients have a love/hate relationship with their physicians.  They love some things and hate others.  Here is a list of things they hate, and actually take as a sign of ... Read on »
10 Ways to Waste Money in Primary Care by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Continuing on the primary care waste theme  (no, primary care is NOT a waste!),  I would like to give you my 10 top ways that primary care physicians waste money.  10 ... Read on »
AHIP Rides in to Save Health Care by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has released a plan on how to reduce health care costs.  The platform is summarized below: The new reform proposal would: ... Read on »
Allow Natural Death v. Do Not Resuscitate by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy “Allow Natural Death” There is a movement afoot to replace DNR with “AND” or Allow Natural Death.  The idea is that patients and families are put off by the verbiage ... Read on »
And Now A Little About Me: How ExtraMD is Weathering the Financial Crisis by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy If only I could get paid for worrying!  I was up last night at 1:30 am, worrying about my company, ExtraMD.  I formed ExtraMD five years ago, when I left the large hospi ... Read on »
And the winner is… Dr. Bobb! by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In the contest to describe a goal and a plan to meet that goal for a medical practice, Dr. Bobb is the winner (and the ONLY contestant!)!  Now, I don’t know exactly how ... Read on »
Another One Bites the Dust: Dr. T. Leaves Primary Care by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I received a disturbing email from one of the doctors in my group, Dr T.  My group is made up of internists and family practice physicians that fill in locally through o ... Read on »
Are You a Bad Apple? 5 Steps out of The Crab Apple Funk by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Much has been made of disruptive physicians, giving birth to “code of conduct” booklets that are required reading for physicians, as well as special coaches that help de ... Read on »
As The Medical Home Turns: The Final Installment by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Final Installment on As the Medical Home Turns: Yes, students, today is the last installment in PookieMD’s dissertion on the ‘Medical Home’.  At our last session, we ... Read on »
Billing for Phone Calls: Acceptable Practice or Reptilian Behavior? by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My trusty health insurance, for which I pay handsomely, (yes, I am self-insured) sent me an email titled, “Calls could cost you.” It states that calling your physician m ... Read on »
Black Tuesday For Primary Care: Why Physicians Would Rather Do Anything Else by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I have been in practice for 15 years, and most of my colleagues hate primary care.  (Remember, I come from a cohort of internists, the ones that should be the defenders ... Read on »
Book Club: The E Myth Physician by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I love to read, especially anything related to business and medicine.  I have finally realized, after 15 years in practice, that is not enough to just be a doctor.  Whethe ... Read on »
Crash Test Dummy: 5 Signs Your Practice is Failing by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Buckle up, partner, it’s time for another PookieMD biz refresher course!  This time, it’s on unmistakable signs that your  practice business is about to crash and burn! ... Read on »
Don’t Recoil: Marketing Your Practice by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Yes, we will talk business today.  No more fluff on being efficient, knowing where the speculum is, and handing out tricolor business cards.  Let’s get to the meat of it ... Read on »
Don’t Write Off E-prescribing by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I may appear to be somewhat of a troglodyte, but I actually have  committed myself to learning to love technology.  I am the proud owner of a smart phone, have mastered ... Read on »
Enter the YOUR plan to improve your practice and win an Amazon Gift Card! by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy See the December 29 post and enter your practice’s goals for 2009.  Include a plan by which your will achieve the goals.  The best plan wins a $15 gift card from Amazon. ... Read on »
Enter to win a Amazon gift card–list a goal for your practice this year and a plan to achieve it! by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy See the December 29 post and enter your practice’s goals for 2009.  Include a plan by which your will achieve the goals.  The best plan wins a $15 gift card from Amazon. ... Read on »
Goodbye Grandpa by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My husband is flying to Michigan today to attend the funeral of his grandfather.  He died over the holidays, but specified that his funeral was not to interrupt Christma ... Read on »
Group Visits: Treadmill Medicine or Meaningful Encounter? by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I have been encouraging physicians to explore group visits for a while.  Group visits are especially suited for stable patients with chronic disease–think hypertension, ... Read on »