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  • Are Physicians Still Professionals?

    This year, 2016, has been a challenging year for physicians and the “professional services” that they are trained to provide. In addition, the year has put into question the sincerity that many physicians have demonstrated when they took the Hippocratic Oath at graduation which mandates that whenever they are treating patients, above all, their care should “do no harm”! ...
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  • MACRA-Part 3: The Toxic Side Effects

    MACRA – Part 3: The Toxic Side Effects In the Part 2 Blog in this series, the critical success factors for MACRA were identified. Although they are challenging, they can all be eventually achieved if they have the full support of the physicians. It would seem that all physicians would support achieving the components of the value equation for all those that they serve, that being improving ...
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  • MACRA: Medicare Payment Success Factors-Part Two

    MACRA – Part 2: The Critical Success Factors Based on information in the previous blog (MACRA – Part 1: The Realities), it is clear the “train has left the station” on the demise of fee-for-service payments for clinical services and the growth of value-based payment reforms. Although the actual full implementation of this transformational program by CMS may be delayed, ...
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  • MACRA: The Reality, Part One

    This is the first blog of a three-part series on MACRA, Medicare’s new payment system for physicians. In it, we describe the realities of MACRA for providers. These are significant and somewhat over-whelming for many. Part 2 will be “MACRA – The Critical Success Factors”, followed by Part 3 “MACRA - The Toxic Side Effects”. In the most simplistic terms, MACRA ...
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  • Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Improvement

    Dr. Royer and I had a very interesting meeting with leadership from the company, Vestagen. The company produces high performance apparel for healthcare workers. The apparel has several unique qualities. “Vestagen’s VESTEX fabric has robust liquid repellency and antimicrobial properties, along with breathability, comfort and durability.” I will be the first to admit I’m not ...
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