How do you feel about third party online physician review sites?
The question physicians should ask in relation to these sites is 'whose interests do they have at heart?' When you go to a Healthgrades profile for a specific physician, you'll find that they're full of advertisements, as well as potential inaccuracies. You can pay for an ad free version, but why would you do that when you have free tools like LinkedIn or a Google profile available?
While third party sites are an acceptable way to claim one's online reputation, I'd much rather have full control by having my profile on a social media site.
A key question for any physician or physician group to ask when considering selling to, merging with or simply taking a job at a hospital is: How do I get paid? If I bring in more business and grow the hospital's top and bottom lines, will my compensation increase to reflect this? Or, since many organizations do not pay for "performance", the question can be posed another way: Is my work, effort and impact on the organization valued properly? And how is it valued versus the work of my colleagues?
Healthcare organizations around the country have been working diligently to implement Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology and attest for Meaningful Use (MU) - the federal government's standards that allow eligible providers and hospitals to earn incentive payments if they meet specific criteria. The MU effort is divided into stages with each stage requiring organizations to meet more stringent criteria.
Each month, , POR's expert on Physician Office Labs, answers questions submitted by POR Magazine and blog readers. You can ask Barry a question here.
Where can I get references for chemistry tests I run in my lab? I would like to get a wall chart that explains each tests, drug interactions, etc. I get questions all the time from patients about what certain tests results mean and I would like to be more knowledgeable.
It is great that you want to be able to answer patient's questions, but it is better to let the physician explain any results or give any recommendations to the patients. However, most companies that sell instrumentation will provide you with a reference chart or booklet explaining the test menu and will give you information on each test. Contact your rep that sold the equipment to you and they should be able to get you something. You can also check with American Association for Clinical Chemistry (www.aacc.org) to see if they have any resources available.
Many factors should be considered when deciding whether to implement a new test or change testing methodologies in your medical practice.
Streamlining operations while maintaining the highest quality of services provided will result in a more efficient practice, whether the operational task is laboratory testing or patient examination. The difficulty is trying to decide what to minimize, improve, and/or replace. However, it may be easier if the process is an ongoing one, where optimizing quality in laboratory operations is a constant process.