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Celebrating 5 years of FiercePracticeManagement!

On this day in 2010, the first iPads had gone on sale and Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" was the top song on the radio. Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act had just become law, the Sustainable Growth Rate was still wreaking havoc and I was compiling the first-ever issue of  FiercePracticeManagement.

Prior authorizations may become less painful in value-based market

When it comes to practice-management headaches, the hassle involved in obtaining prior authorizations from insurers often leads the list of complaints. And while many elements of fee-for-service reimbursement structures will begin to disappear as the industry moves toward value-based care, this most-disliked task won't be one of them, according to a recent article from  Managed Healthcare Executive.

What patients should know before seeking second opinions

While many physicians agree that it's helpful for patients to seek a second medical opinion about a serious diagnosis or treatment plan--especially considering diagnostic errors occur in 10 to 15 percent of cases--the common practice is not always simple. A recent post from  Kaiser Health News  highlighted several caveats regarding second opinions, which may be useful for physicians and patients to understand and discuss.

Minnesota exempts some docs from EHR mandate

Minnesota is softening its stance on electronic health record adoption a bit, exempting solo practitioners and cash-only doctors from its law requiring all providers to adopt interoperable EHRs.

Returning to private practice? 3 keys to success

​At a time when physicians are increasingly forgoing independence to become employed by hospitals or health systems, some doctors have become so dissatisfied with working for others that they've decided to return to private practice.

California health department fines 12 hospitals $775K for patient deaths, injuries

The California Department of Public Health fined 12 Golden State hospitals nearly $800,000 for causing or risking death and serious injuries to patients, San Jose Mercury News reports.

Four words at heart of King v. Burwell a drafting error

The four words that prompted the Supreme Court to hear   King v. Burwell  may have made it into the final text of the law because of a drafting error.

Reproductive apps lack review, professional validation assessment

When it comes to female reproductive health tracking apps few have been developed, assessed or come recommended by health experts, according to research recently published in the journal  Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Doctors often blow whistle on financial improprieties

Most physicians make pretty good livings compared to most other Americans, but they can really strike it rich playing another role in healthcare: That of whistleblower,  JD Supra  has reported.

HL7's Reed Gelzer: EHR malpractice problem at 'critical mass'

As electronic health records become more common, they are increasingly the medical records relied on in medical malpractice litigation--often to the detriment of the provider, not only causing or contributing to the malpractice but also in not supporting provider's defense.