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In 1992, physicians lost the ability to set their own Medicare prices. The new payment system seemed to work at first, but problems quickly ensued.
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Many physicians say the vast majority of peer review in the hospital setting is done properly, but a growing number of doctors are raising concerns that the confidential system is too easily abused. Terrence Babb, MD, said his review troubles started when he complained about the clinic where he worked.
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Family physician Billy Campbell, MD, runs an eco-friendly cemetery. The side business merges his passion about environmental issues with an interest in how and why the dead are buried. It took 19 years to act on his idea. "I was afraid people wouldn't get it and that I would be kind of a laughingstock."
More classics from our archives
Buy your own lunch: No chance of reciprocity
One doctor's crusade against gifts from the drug industry has grown into a small, but vocal, group. (January 2006)
The snowbird shuffle: What to do when patients head south for the winter
Treating seasonal patients requires good preparation and communication by physicians. (September 2003)
Charting your course: A primer on scoring practice success
Reaching your practice goals doesn't have to be guesswork. One group shares how it measures anything it can to make sure its physician practices are clinically and financially successful. (December 2003)
Fighting frivolous lawsuits: Doctors engage in an uphill battle
The malpractice lawsuit naming you was pointless and you want to fight back. A few physicians have countersued, but even fewer have been successful. Here's why. (October 2003)
Never too old to quit: You can help the elderly stop smoking
Older smokers face a unique set of challenges when it comes to kicking the cigarette habit, and primary care physicians are central to their success. (February 2005)
Illegal care? Treating undocumented immigrants in Texas
The Texas attorney general says it's against the law to provide routine care to foreign workers. Physicians and hospitals say that's not ethical, and not good medicine. (October 2001)
Whats behind uptick in growth of spending on physicians
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Quotable"Theres a sophisticated business logic behind the EHR that makes sense, but only if you enter the right info in there. Its a garbage in, garbage out problem." William M. Marella, program director of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, on increased numbers of reported patient safety issues in EHRs in 2011