Posts in Business of Healthcare
THE PCMH Gains an International Flavor

While the direction of U.S. healthcare reform continues to include an air of uncertainty, one thing we can be sure of is that internationally, new ideas related to primary care medicine in general and the patient-centered medical home in particular, are coming soon. And a good part of that prediction is based on the fact that Dr. Paul Grundy was recently designated as one of the 12 original ambassadors for Healthcare DENMARK, a gateway for international stakeholders to experience the Danish healthcare system and its innovative healthcare solutions.

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The Difference Between Building a Team and Team Building

In The Boys in the Boat, a masterful account of the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, author Daniel James Brown offers an insight into what it takes to develop a gold medal-winning team. He also describes the frustration of the university’s rowing coach who kept trying to put together the best combination of people, a task he finally realized relied on temperament, personality and other intangibles as much as it did on physical strength and rowing skills. Each time he assigned nine young men to a racing shell – eight rowers and a coxswain – he was fulfilling the basic requirement of building a team.

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Examining the Exam Room

As an integral part of the diagnostic process, medical practitioners have relied on visual cues throughout history. Even today, the amount of information that can be gathered through technologically-unaided observation is astounding. As it turns out, the same kind of criteria applied to a primary care waiting room can tell us a great deal about the health of a physician practice in general and the condition of the exam room in particular.

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Fix the Bottleneck and All of Primary Care Changes

Recently I had the honor of appearing on CBN TV and the 700 Club with healthcare reporter Caitlin Burke in her segment Your Doctor Could Be a Total Stranger Soon. Among the many topics we discussed was the challenge of EMR’s, and how physicians list the electronic medical record as one of the key culprits to the accelerating primary care crisis. She’s right. We all know the EMR is essential, but if you do not use it right, it can be a sharp two-edged sword that can destroy your practice.

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