Physicians are naturally high achievers. They endure years of grueling education and post-graduate training, often at the expense of other areas of their life. This intrinsic will to help others and succeed extends throughout their practice, which, we are learning, can contribute to physician burnout.
February 17, 2021
In the 1920s, radios were used to communicate medical advice to clinics on ships. Thirty years later, two Pennsylvania physicians exchanged radiologic images through telephone lines. A little more than 20 years ago, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Native Health Board created the Village Telemedicine Project to provide telemedicine equipment to four regional hospitals and 20 village clinics to benefit Alaska Native people.
There are numerous choices for today’s consumers. Whether you’re looking to buy a car, house or even just a bottle of soda, there are multiple brands, sizes and other categories from which to choose.
Almost ten years ago, accountable care organizations (ACOs) were added as a permanent part of Medicare due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As of last year, there were a total of 561 Medicare ACOs serving more than 10 million beneficiaries. More than 377,000 providers provide care for these beneficiaries through the ACO model.
Probably one of the industries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is healthcare. Physicians and nurses are working endless hours to treat patients, and hospitals and health systems are trying to ramp up their testing capabilities for the influx of people who suspect they have the new coronavirus.
In the school of hard knocks, the coronavirus is the new headmaster.
COVID-19 administered a nearly impossible financial test to physician practices, forcing them to quickly rethink the way they deliver care.