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Putting patients first

Putting patients first

Improving wait times and healthcare access for the Medicaid population By Wade Mitzel You can call it denial, a focus on other concerns or even just being unaware, but eight months ago I would have denied we had a problem getting Medicaid patients into our physician offices. However, our patients thought otherwise. Clark Physician Group (CPG)

Challenging times

Integrating physician group operations can equal substantial operating losses. By David Richard and Adam Shewmaker   Later this summer, Kentucky-based CPA and business advisory services firm Dean Dorton Allen Ford (Dean Dorton) will be releasing its updated findings as it relates to the challenges of successfully integrating phy s i c i a n group operations. In last year’s publication, a survey of nearly eighty hospitals was conducted to gain valuable

Medicare program integrity

Following abuses, Medicare tightens reins on drug program. By Christopher Shaughnessy   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final regulations which require doctors prescribing drugs for Part D patients to enroll in Medicare and establishes authority for CMS to revoke a doctor’s Medicare eligibility for abusive prescribing practices, among other provisions. According to CMS, in a release dated May 19, the regulations are part of the

Dynamics of pharmaceutical care

Collaborative relationships between pharmacists and physicians prove beneficial. By BC Childress, PharmD, Joshua Montney, PharmD and Dan Fisher Incidence estimates suggest that more than 1.5 million preventable medication-related adverse events occur each year in the United States, accounting for an excess of $177 billion in terms of medication-related morbidity and mortality. Drug-related morbidity and mortality in

A choice no one should have to make

By Angela Young It may come as a surprise that arthritis is one of the most common illnesses among Kentuckians with more than one million residents suffering from arthritis or related diseases. In fact, Centers for Disease Control data shows that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in our country as conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile arthritis, lupus and other severe forms can

Learning leadership

When medicine meets leadership everything changes: culture, care, collaboration, results. By Fred Williams, MD and Fred Beattie, MD Physician leadership training is all the rage at the moment, with health systems, for-profit companies and government agencies sponsoring daylong, week-long and in some cases designations and degrees on the subject. Many are good repositories of information for physicians to comprehend and learn the necessary skills to become “leaders”. But