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Win an Amazon Gift Card: What Are Your Goals for Your Practice in 2009? by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As a way to encourage goal setting and planning for medical practices, I am hosting a contest.  I will email a $15 Amazon gift card to the person who sends in the best p ... Read on »
Link Fest: Updates on group visits, RVUs, Medicare and the ‘Physician Shortage’ by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I’ve been storing up some links and today seemed to be a good time to have at ‘em!  They range from the scary (Health Policy and Market) to the fun (the Efficient MD’s s ... Read on »
State CME Guidelines by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy State MD/DO CME Credits Required Term (years) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM required Required Topics Alabama MD/DO 12 1 ... Read on »
Walk the Talk: the Patient Encounter by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I am fascinated by how we physicians communicate (or not) with each other and with our patients.  As a medical student and resident NO ONE ever thought about how physici ... 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 »
How Doctors Think Outside of the Medical Box by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It was a tough week in Pookieville.  I worked all week at one of my favorite hospitals.  I like working there because the specialists I work with are hypercompetent and ... Read on »
Medical Practice as a Socially Responsible Business by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I have searched for a way to describe my view of medicine as a business.  I finally realized that the practice of medicine should be classified as a socially responsible ... 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 »
Play Nice in the ED: Why Hospitalists and ED Docs Should Be Friends by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I do a lot of work as a hospitalist, and have noted a fair amount of antagonism amongst my colleagues towards the ED.  There seems to be a lot of bickering between ED do ... 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 »
The Common Sense Declaration: How to Fix Health Care by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I am on a reading frenzy, and finally got to the October 17, 2008 issue of Medical Economics.  There was an excellent article by Elizabeth A. Pector, MD, on fixing healt ... 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 »
TightMD Gazette II: 11 More Tips to Tighten the Belt by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy All right, Dr. Practice Owner, here are more tips to keep you practice’s head above water in these turbulent times: Share staff.   If you have an excess of staff, c ... Read on »
The TightMD Gazette: More Ways to Save Money in Your Medical Practice by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy So now that we are in the spend, spend, spend season, I thought I would round up some more ways to SAVE money in medical practices.  The following tips are from the mund ... Read on »
What Will You Be Thankful for NEXT Year? by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I work with a business coach, aka the EntrepreneurialMD, who is a physician that helps other physicians who want to think outside the box of medicine.  She sent me a lis ... Read on »
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 »
Survival Tips for Primary Care: How to Save Money by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Now that I have vented/ranted/opined on the demise of primary care, let’s move to some survival tips. Following are PookieMD’s two fundamental. most important, and most ... 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 »
Wand Waving Part 2: Common Sense is Uncommon by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Let’s jump right  into the second part of PookieMD’s dissertation on the Medical Home.   As you recall, I was reviewing the 10 rules of the medical home, as set forth by ... Read on »
Wave the Wand: The Medical Home Mandate by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I am intrigued with the idea of the “medical home”.  When hearing about the concept, my first thought was, isn’t this what we are trying to do already?  My secon ... Read on »