April 13, 2012
Without a doubt, IT is a core component in the evolution of patient-centered care. Nonetheless, finding the right balance between patient engagement and new IT initiatives can be challenging. Here are five keys to understanding IT and the patient-physician relationship. MORE

Business

April 13, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs is fast-tracking a proposal to eliminate patient co-pays for in-home video telehealth consultations in its Home-Based Primary Care program. The rule could go into effect as early as May 7. MORE

Technology

April 12, 2012
Although the partnership between patient and EHR plays a critical role in the success of ACOs and patient-cnetered medical homes, EHRs have a long way to go before they can take on the full responsibility of supporting these organizations. MORE

Patient care

April 13, 2012
Thanks to a new blood test, scientists now know which strains of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, the cause of toxoplasmosis, are most strongly associated with premature births and severe birth defects in the United States. MORE

Compliance

April 12, 2012
The independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare issues wants to develop recommendations for payment incentives to encourage innovation to achieve better patient results. MedPAC’s analysis and comments about the state of care coordination will be included in the group’s report to Congress in June. MORE

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Blog

Can EHRs catch up with Facebook?
Apr 13, 2012 | Jeff Rowe
As one doctor puts it, EHRs are much closer to the Internet of old than today's socially connected environment. MORE
ICD-10 essentials for busy physicians who would rather be doing something else -- Asthma and COPD
Apr 12, 2012 | Rhonda Butler
Asthma and COPD are two chronic conditions common enough in the general population that most physicians will want to know the... MORE
From retail clinics to virtual care, a natural evolution in the patient access to care crisis
Apr 11, 2012 | Doug Smith, MD
As a family physician, father of two, and the medical founder of the retail clinic model and the founder of MinuteClinic, patient... MORE

Featured Podcast

In this audio interview with PhysBizTech Editor Frank Irving, Steven Zuckerman, MD, who operates a solo neurology practice in Baton Rouge, La., discusses his use of voice recognition technology. Dr. Zuckerman describes the technology’s ease of use and mentions that it helped him qualify for an $18,000 EHR Incentive Program payment.