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Why some practices are reporting higher revenues in 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on doctors’ income has been significant. According to the most recent Medscape Physician Compensation Report, practices saw an average 55 percent decrease in revenue and a 60 percent drop in patient volume since the beginning of the crisis. Medscape also reported that specialties that rely on elective procedures, including ophthalmology and otolaryngology, saw the largest amount of lost business.Read More

The subtler ways racism impacts health—and why that’s everyone’s problem to solve

Structural racism persists in America throughout our social, economic and political systems. It is deeply rooted in our history, culture, institutions, policies, practices and norms. People of color, particularly Black Americans, face discrimination and experience disparities in income, housing, schooling, social services and health care.Read More

How lessons learned from past health outbreaks can help doctors now

Tara Kirk Sell, Ph.D., M.A., is a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Sell’s research focuses on pandemic preparedness and public health communications and policy responses to public health emergencies, such as the Zika virus and Ebola outbreaks, to discover ways to improve future preparedness and response. We spoke with her to get her thoughts on what we are facing now during the COVID-19 crisis in the U.S.Read More

‘Free’ patient education from manufacturers comes at a cost

Health care has a trust problem. Recent data shows patient trust in the health care industry is declining, according to Modern Healthcare. There are many reasons for this, including rising out-of-pocket costs for patients, shorter office visits with doctors under pressure to see more patients, and physician conflicts of interest. News stories such as the $145 million fine imposed on software company Practice Fusion for a kickback scheme that pushed doctors to overprescribe opioids certainly aren’t helping the problem.Read More

Are you promoting the benefits to your patients and community?    

Most eye surgeries are now performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) rather than hospitals, a major shift that has occurred over the course of a decade. According to a study conducted by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center researchers, the proportion of cataract surgeries performed at ASCs increased steadily to reach 73 percent in 2014, compared to just over 43 percent in 2001.Read More