Successful Healthcare Provider

Qualities of a Successful Healthcare Provider

The other day I was asked what I thought it took to be a successful healthcare provider. The question was not directed specifically from the point of view of a physician, or any specific branch of medicine, but all providers in every field. It was about discovering what it takes to practice good medicine that not only treats the patient, but leaves them feeling satisfied. Three important qualities come to mind, independent of  position or the type of […]

Quality of healthcare

Changing Healthcare: Should Doctors be Paid by Quality of Care?

Last month the Obama administration announced that they want to restructure physician compensation in America: The Obama administration on Monday announced an ambitious goal to overhaul the way doctors are paid, tying their fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity. Rather than pay more money to Medicare doctors simply for every procedure they perform, the government will also evaluate whether patients are healthier, among other measures. The goal is for […]

Insurance

Changing Healthcare: Will Insurance Companies Dictate Quality of Care?

The first time I encountered an issue with an insurance company dictating the type of care their customer could receive I was pre-oping a patient for cataract surgery. I asked the man if he had decided whether to use a laser procedure called LenSx as a component to the surgery. LenSx is used to create the small incisions that would then allow the surgeon to remove the cataract and replace it with an intraocular lens. […]

Changing Healthcare in America: The Whitehall Studies

With all the talk recently of the Affordable Care Act and the changing state of healthcare in America it’s important that we observe the large number of studies that already exist on different systems of healthcare. While I believe that everyone should have equal access to healthcare, and that it should be affordable, universal coverage will not be the end all be all. Too many people seem to have the misconception that the lack of access […]