Feb 25, 2014 — Verifying that a patient has paid for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can take hours. But if doctors' offices don't check, they can get stuck with the bill.
Nov 17, 2013 — Electronic medical records are supposed to make health care safer and more consistent. But they fail to capture the true story of a patient's life, an Alabama doctor finds. And all that time checking boxes means less time for house calls with an elderly couple who need compassion more than diagnoses.
Oct 22, 2013 — Many people don't take their doctor's advice to see a psychotherapist, even when they really need to. So Oregon is experimenting with placing clinical psychologists in medical practices. The goal is to improve patient care and save money. But it means that doctors and therapists will have to change how they work.
Aug 14, 2013 — Some primary care doctors feel a bit like airline ticket agents. Seeing patients is like trying to find seats for passengers on an oversold airplane. Someone's going to leave the office unhappy, and the computer work never seems to stop.
Jul 3, 2013 — The American health system is well-suited to fixing acute problems. But chronic issues, such as diabetes and obesity, have proved challenging. Prevention could reduce the risks, yet the approach hasn't taken hold. Here's a leading medical thinker's take on why, and how to fix things.
May 9, 2013 — Some 15 states are expected to consider giving advanced practice nurses more independence and authority this year. It's part of a push to meet increased demand for primary care as more people get insurance under the health law.
Apr 2, 2013 — Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., is spending $100 million to open a medical school in the fall. Its goal is to have more than 50 percent of its graduates go into primary care.
Mar 19, 2013 — Getting quality time with your doctor might be easier in a group. With primary care doctors in short supply, some are turning to group appointments. Proponents say the approach has advantages, including the chance to learn from fellow patients.