How to improve diabetes care
Primary care physicians sometimes struggle to effectively treat patients with diabetes.
Discussing costs of care with patients
Whether or not patients share cost concerns with physicians, financial issues are a growing part of healthcare decision-making. Many patients would like to talk with physicians about those costs.
Primary care’s role in cancer care
Regular contact with patients is vital for successful treatment.
Working with patients to manage diabetes
Primary care physicians, working in an environment where patients need to be evaluated, monitored, and motivated in short office visits, sometimes struggle to effectively treat patients with diabetes.
Practicing medicine without payers
How to transform into a direct or concierge model
Communication tips for dealing with non-adherent patients
Focus on three things for a successful patient interview during a visit: what the doctor thinks the problem is, what the patient thinks the problem is, and each of their goals.
Treating obesity: How to individualize care
Even with time constraints, it’s possible for primary care physicians to compassionately and effectively guide patients in decreasing their weight.
Addressing social determinants of health
There are often social factors influencing a patient’s lack of adherence. They may struggle with basic survival needs like housing and food, lack transportation, or not understand their health condition and how they can improve it.
Group purchasing: Save money by aligning with other physicians
Practices should look at joining group purchasing organizations.
The MOC fight
Physicians’ battle to limit maintenance of certification requirements continues despite testing changes.
Physicians’ battle to limit maintenance of certification requirements continues despite testing changes
Despite changes this year to make the maintenance of certification (MOC) process easier on internists, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) still faces strong opposition to the program.
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