Paying Doctors More For Communicating With Patients – Have They Earned It?

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[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false]I often hear from physicians that they would do a better job communicating with patients if they were adequately reimbursed for the time it took to do so.  Given that certain types of physician-patient communications (patient education, care planning, etc.) can have quantifiable, therapeutic benefits for patients, I can see their point. I […]

Focus on Team Care May De-rail Patient Centered Medical Home Efforts

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“Team care” has become a rallying cry for those who think that the Patient Centered Medical Home is bad for health care reform.   Comments on a recent blog post in the New York Times provide a good example of this.   When patients get sick, as the argument goes, they want to see their doctor…not some […]

Patients Want This or That…Don’t Believe It

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[tweetmeme http://www.healthecommunications.wordpress.com]Anytime you come across a health care article that implies that every patient wants this or that, i.e., electronic access to their medical record, patient centered care, etc.,  you can safely assume that the claim is wrong. Why?  Patients are not a monolithic group – they don’t all share the same motivations, preferences, beliefs […]