At Physician Factor, we're passionate about supporting the knowledge transfer and shared expertise among physicians to drive improvements across healthcare, as well as career development. Here we spotlight news and trends of interest to physicians in our network.

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26Jul 2021
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Getting Paid Today: Challenges and opportunities for independent practices

New legislation, as well as changes in patient expectations, present a host of challenges and opportunities for getting paid for service this year.

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19Jul 2021
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How Can Medical Practices Finance Their Growth?

How can practices finance growth? And what are pitfalls to avoid when seeking outside sources of funds? Julianne Andrews, MBA, CFP, has more than 30 years’ experience helping doctors answer questions such as these as a principal and co-founder of Atlanta Financial Associates.

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12Jul 2021
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Covid’s Lingering Effects Can Put the Brakes on Elective Surgeries

As the number of people who have had covid grows, medical experts are trying to determine when it’s safe for them to have elective surgery. In addition to concerns about respiratory complications from anesthesia, covid may affect multiple organs and systems, and clinicians are still learning the implications for surgery. A recent study compared the mortality rate in the 30 days following surgery in patients who had a covid infection and in those who did not. It found that waiting to undergo surgery for at least seven weeks after a covid infection reduced the risk of death to that of people who hadn’t been infected in the first place. Patients with lingering covid symptoms should wait even longer, the study suggested.

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06Jul 2021
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Researchers Turn To Machine Learning To Predict When Immunotherapy Will Be Effective

When it comes to defense, the body relies on attack thanks to the lymphatic and immune systems. The immune system is like the body's own personal police force as it hunts down and eliminates pathogenic villains. But it's not always so straightforward as tumor cells can develop ways to hide themselves from the immune system. Fortunately, there is a way to wake up the immune cells and restore their antitumor immunity, and it's based on immunotherapy.

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28Jun 2021

AI-Enabled Physicians: Rethinking Care Delivery

While traditionally deeply skeptical of artificial intelligence in clinical settings, in today's fast-changing care delivery landscape many physicians are thinking more proactively about how AI can improve quality and patient experience.

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21Jun 2021

Physician Wellness After COVID-19: Steps To Getting Back To Normalcy

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health. Physicians and other healthcare workers may be at higher risk for psychological distress as we must not only cope with our own feelings but must also respond to the emotional needs of our patients. A survey of healthcare workers found that 93% reported stress, 86% had anxiety, 76% reported exhaustion and burnout, and 75% felt overwhelmed.

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14Jun 2021

Empowering Physicians By Putting Them Back In The Driver’s Seat Through Virtual Care

Increasingly physicians are turning to virtual care as a sustainable alternative to reignite their passion for patient care. Virtual care, when done right, frees physicians from double-booked, 20-minute clinic visits and allows them to focus on delivering the highest quality care possible while achieving a better work-life balance. In other words, virtual care presents a tremendous opportunity to care for our caregivers. And when we take care of physicians, they’ll take better care of patients.

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07Jun 2021

Doctors Should Do ‘Biopsychosocial’ Biopsies, Where They Learn Who Their Patients Are As People

The technique for the biopsychosocial biopsy capitalizes on a skill that all medical students are taught early on: to simply ask the patient to “tell me more about” their particular problem, and then to explore it systematically. The strategy for performing a biopsychosocial biopsy involves only a change of the inquiry’s subject. The doctor asks the patient to “tell me more about” four things.

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16May 2021

Shifts Away From Smaller And Private Practices Pick Up Speed

Most U.S. physicians providing patient care are working outside doctor-owned medical practices, according to data the AMA collected from 3,500 physicians in the 2020 Physician Practice Benchmark Survey conducted last fall.

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15May 2021

Workforce Survey: What Healthcare Professionals Want In Their Careers Post-Pandemic

CHG Healthcare recently conducted a healthcare career satisfaction survey of more than 1,200 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and registered nurses to find out how COVID-19 has affected their career planning, job satisfaction, and mental health.

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