And four more news items for physicians, advanced practice providers, and other healthcare professionals to peruse this week
- Attorney Ike Devji, JD, is often contacted by physicians seeking professional advice on investment assets. In a Diagnostic Imaging post, he presents practical tips for physicians to consider prior to making investments in real estate and/or businesses, such as sidestepping general blanket personal guarantees.
- As reported by FierceHealthcare, an announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicates fewer physicians will experience audits as a result of a new Medicare claims review process. The new approach, which is slated for rollout later this year, will entail a reduction in the number of claims reviewed and will target a smaller number of providers.
- In a recently published Physicians Practice article, Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP, a family medicine physician based in South River, New Jersey, offers providers straightforward suggestions for improving doctor-patient communications. Her tips underscore the importance of speaking with patients on a personal level, giving them time to ask questions, and ensuring they understand their diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Self-compassion in stressful situations reduces burnout and can help physicians flourish, according to a new AMA Wire item. The piece looks at the value of using stress as a motivator and why self-compassion enhances resilience. It is a topic that will receive special attention this fall at the 2017 American Conference on Physician Health, an event hosted by the Stanford University School of Medicine in partnership with the American Medical Association and the Mayo Clinic.
- An infographic from McGraw-Hill Education and Access Medicine highlights the increasing demand for nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States. Among the data included on the visual diagram: the growth rate for these advanced practice providers is five times higher than the national average of all occupations, and NPs represent a cost savings of 11 to 29 percent with no decrease in quality of care.
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