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- Walmart doubled retail clinics in 2010; Other chains flat
The growth of major chains of retail health clinics was flat in 2010 except for Walmart, which more than doubled the number of clinics in its stores.
- Medicare doctor listing highlights PQRI data
The online directory for physicians who accept Medicare has expanded to distinguish which doctors reported quality data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and will soon indicate which doctors prescribe electronically.
- Study: Physicians reject mediation
Physicians are unlikely to participate in mediation of medical malpractice lawsuits, which minimizes the chances that discussion of adverse events and medical errors can lead to improved quality of care, according to a new study.
- Letter: Readers comment on Medical Economics stories
Letters discuss ACOs, decision-making, and electronic health records.
- When a well visit includes other care
This column addresses well visits that are combined with other services, coding for excisions and lesions, and providing hospital and office care on the same day.
- Benchmarking your way to a better practice
Do you ever wonder how to measure how well your practice is doing and how it compares with the practices of your peers?
- It's (somewhat) about the money (Part 2)
In this second of two articles, the authors look at the methods used to value medical practices, the impact of antitrust laws on the pricing of doctors' services, how a hospital or managed care company exerts influence over practices in which they invest, and how doctors in independent practices can best evaluate a purchase offer.
- Seeing all doctors as equals
As a primary care physician, this author says he has experienced a condescending attitude from physician specialists, and he sometimes feels that they look down their noses at those who are in primary care.
- Maximize your tax advantages
Despite the predictions of many pundits, Congress' "lame duck" session was productive after all: Among other accomplishments, the long-awaited tax cuts are now law, at least through 2012.
- Primary care-based ACO shows promise
A San Antonio, Texas Accountable Care Organization with a network of Patient-Centered Medical Home clinics but no hospital provides comprehensive, efficient, quality care that improves outcomes, according to results of a case study.