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It starts with setting expectations and educating patients before the procedure

Patient satisfaction with cataract surgery is high. But there is always the chance of those rare patients who are not happy with their results. Blurred vision and glare are common complaints in patients with certain IOLs. Getting the best outcomes starts with asking the right questions, setting expectations, and educating patients about their options. And in 2018, that means showing patients what they can expect, not just telling them. Is your patient education the best it can be?Read More

Why proactive patient education is imperative in value-based care

It’s much easier to prevent a disease than to cure it—not to mention less costly, as well. This principle is what’s driving the value-based care movement in the U.S. Policymakers are finally accepting what doctors have always known: in health care, providing fairly inexpensive services early on can help prevent the need for costly specialized care in the future.Read More

There’s no clear-cut answer, but here are the main pros and cons to each career path

Health care experts have been predicting the end of independent practices for years now. And their numbers have continued to drop—a report from the American Medical Association showed that the percentage of doctors with an ownership stake in their practice declined to 47 percent in 2016. This is down from 53 percent in 2012, reported Medical Economics, which named “Remaining independent in a time of value-based care initiatives” as one of the top 10 challenges facing physicians in 2018. Read More

Doctors are leaving practices, due to dissatisfaction or a desire to make more of an impact

More doctors are choosing careers that don’t involve directly caring for patients. Are they driven by dissatisfaction with practicing medicine in 2018? Or are these doctors motivated by a desire to make a bigger difference, through technology and innovations? We dug into the data to find out what’s behind this trend toward choosing non-clinical jobs, as well as the wide variety of these positions that are available to doctors seeking a change.Read More

Make patient consultations more efficient and effective with these brand new patient education videos from Rendia

Do you have difficulty explaining the ins and outs of eye care treatments such as intraocular lenses (IOLs), Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK), or Minimally-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)? If so, you’re not alone. Your colleagues requested patient education videos on these topics and others—and Rendia listened.Read More

Your choice of words matters. Here’s what to say to patients—and what not to say

“A doctor’s ability to explain, listen, and empathize has a profound impact on a patient’s care,” stated the New York Times. Yet the Times found that a startling two out of every three patients are discharged from the hospital without even knowing their diagnosis, and that 60 percent of patients misunderstood their doctor’s instructions after a visit.Read More