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Welcome to Medical Economics' blog section which features contributions from members of the medical community. The views expressed in these blogs are those of their respective contributors and do not represent the views of Medical Economics or UBM Medica.

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To curb opioid abuse, new technologies must be embraced
To curb opioid abuse, new technologies must be embracedThe opioid epidemic is exacting a lethal toll on the country. We must redouble and accelerate efforts to slow—and hopefully reverse—the current opioid epidemic.
Where will the healthcare debate lead us?
Where will the healthcare debate lead us?There has been much discord as to the proper role of government in healthcare.
How to use price transparency to attract patients
How to use price transparency to attract patientsPrice transparency and sales funnels—what do these have in common?
A concierge physician's advice for battling burnoutEHRs can absorb your valuable time, hurt your bottom line and lead to burnout and a tragically foreshortened career.
Shining a Mirror on GripesAlthough it is the most fundamental of all things that physicians do, communicating has never been a teaching priority in medical school. The result is that we blame patients for our own deficiencies.
Political correctness’ collateral damage in healthcareIn all aspects of healthcare, we must be able to listen to, and keep confidential, anything that a patient shares, in whatever form it comes. By the same token, we must be able to communicate frankly and openly with patients conveying the necessary message.
Here’s how physicians can combat patient gripesI was recently inspired by another article in Medical Economics, and curiously, have a solution for each legitimate gripe, based on decades of sorting through the combatants in this health-care disaster we’re engaged in on a daily basis.
A physician’s tale of irrational drug pricesWe've all heard the outrage over the sudden rise in the price of the EpiPen. What we hear far less often is how common the sudden and dramatic rise in many other pharmaceutical prices has become in recent years. It can be easy to forget issues like this until they affect us personally.
MACRA will not save moneyThe Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is not going to hold down the increasing cost of Medicare by adding over 1,600 pages of new regulations to the program. Instead, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should have reduced the cost of traditional Medicare by eliminating the requirement for detailed documentation of evaluation and management (E/M) charges.
5 ways to improve physician mental health
5 ways to improve physician mental healthThe practice of medicine in our current healthcare system is making physicians sick, with levels of burnout and mental strain increasing across every specialty.