Moving forward, getting better

March 7, 2008

New CME; New Editorial Advisory Board member; Doctors' Legal Digest website

The Japanese use the word "kaizen"-a combination of the Kanji characters kai-meaning change-and zen, meaning good. It roughly translates as "change for the better," or "continuous improvement."

Our goal is to bring you the information and insights you need to create your own kaizen. To that end, we're introducing some exciting features to help you rise above the healthcare challenges and attain success and satisfaction in your practice. We've added a renowned expert to our Editorial Advisory Board; we're introducing CME within our pages for the first time; and we're launching Doctors' Legal Digest, a comprehensive legal website.

Technology Expertise: Joseph Scherger, MD, a family physician in San Diego, has joined our Editorial Advisory Board. Scherger, a nationally recognized healthcare IT expert, has recently focused on using technology tools and quality improvement methods to redesign the medical office. In addition to being in the forefront of information technology developments and having an impressive resume of published articles, books, and speaking engagements, Scherger has been recognized as Family Physician of the Year (AAFP, 1989); received the Thomas Johnson Award for family medicine education (1994); and served on the IOM (Institute of Medicine of the National Academies) Committee on the Quality of Health Care in America (1998-2001). We are delighted to have Scherger's guidance in informing our coverage.

Doctors' Legal Digest: Malpractice, Stark, and HIPAA are just a few of the complex legal issues you wrestle with. Our exciting new website ( http://www.memag.com/dld), designed exclusively for physicians, focuses on them all. Medical Economics' consultant and columnist Steve Kern, a health law attorney with Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppman in Bridgewater, NJ, has developed a comprehensive handbook of health law for doctors-and it's available to you free at Doctors' Legal Digest. You'll also find continuously updated legal news, a glossary, legal Q&As, and personal stories from fellow physicians, among other critical information that impacts your professional life. Check out Doctors' Legal Digest and let us know what you think and what else you'd like to see there.

Medblogger.net. If you haven't already done so, check out Medical Economics' blog ( http://www.medblogger.net). We call Medblogger "The Physician's Voice"; it's a great venue for communication with other doctors. With less time available to network with colleagues, this Internet forum can help to pick up the slack. On Medblogger, you'll find the latest healthcare news and opinion on subjects like reimbursement, websites that rank doctors, and other hot topics. We'd love to have you add your voice, too.

Change is part of life, and often it seems difficult to find a silver lining. We at Medical Economics are committed to making life easier for you. Tell us what you need, and we'll do our best to help you turn unasked-for changes into kaizen opportunities.