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Balancing Privacy and Transparency in Patient Relationships
June 8, 2015
Balancing Privacy and Transparency in Patient Relationships

New systems like Electronic Health Records, telemedicine and mobile health apps may offer more patients greater access to their medical information, but these tools are hardly perfected.

Strategies for Improving Quality of Care
May 27, 2015
Strategies for Improving Quality of Care

The quality of healthcare in the U.S. is at the center of a raging debate shaping the future of the industry.  With a total annual expenditure of almost $3 trillion, the healthcare industry should be providing better outcomes than it currently produces. 

Young Patients as a Disruptive New Force in Healthcare
May 21, 2015
Young Patients as a Disruptive New Force in Healthcare

Young people typically consider themselves immune to the serious medical issues that plague older Americans, but this demographic is considerably more susceptible to mental health issues, substance abuse, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and obesity than their older counterparts.

Increasing Shortage of U.S. Doctors
May 12, 2015
Increasing Shortage of U.S. Doctors
Medicine has long been the career of choice for the nation’s best and brightest, but recent reports suggest that clinical practice is rapidly losing its appeal.
The Greatest Obstacles to Improved Quality of Care
May 7, 2015
The Greatest Obstacles to Improved Quality of Care

The quality of U.S. healthcare should be examined more closely in light of a recent study by the Commonwealth Fund, which found that the U.S. ranks last among 11 Western nations in terms of quality of healthcare.

Why Doctors are Leaving the Profession
April 30, 2015
Why Doctors are Leaving the Profession

If you are considering quitting the medical profession, then you may take some comfort in the knowledge that a large number of America’s physicians considering the same thing.  While job burnout is a factor in any profession, it is has become a serious issue...

Predicting Growth in Healthcare Staffing Segments
April 20, 2015
Predicting Growth in Healthcare Staffing Segments

Increasing Demand in Healthcare: What are the factors contributing to it and how will it affect the future of these 4 healthcare staffing segments: Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants?

Filling the Primary Care Gap
April 17, 2015
Filling the Primary Care Gap

There is currently a shortage of 16,000 primary care doctors and by 2025, it is predicted that almost 52,000 additional primary care physicians will be needed to serve the growing and aging American population.

Life After Medicine: Careers Following Primary Care Practice
April 7, 2015
Life After Medicine: Careers Following Primary Care Practice

The reality of practicing medicine in 21st century America is hardly the glamorous or heroic lifestyle that is often portrayed in the media.  For many physicians who entered the profession to help patients, the daily grind of voluminous paperwork, shrinking control over their professional livelihoods and increased risk of lawsuit has sapped their enthusiasm to practice medicine. 

Supreme Court Ruling Accords with Modern Healthcare Realities
March 19, 2015
Supreme Court Ruling Accords with Modern Healthcare Realities

Who should be allowed to perform medical procedures? The Supreme Court’s ruling in NC Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC that state licensing boards could go too far in prohibiting quasi-medical professionals from offering teeth whitening services was based on Sherman anti-trust laws. The verdict may surprise you. 

Identifying the Early Signs of Physician Burnout
March 5, 2015
Identifying the Early Signs of Physician Burnout

It is all too common for healthcare providers to sacrifice one’s own wellbeing for patients. Here are the early signs of physician burnout along with strategies to help overcome them...

7 Strategies for Mitigating Physician Burnout
February 19, 2015
7 Strategies for Mitigating Physician Burnout

More than 20,000 physicians, the majority of practicing clinicians are considering early retirement, transitioning to a non-clinical specialty, or leaving the medical profession entirely. While the challenges of practicing medicine are not likely to lessen soon, there are some effective ways of mitigating physician burnout. Consider these 7 strategies...

6 Key Factors Drastically Increasing the Utilization of Locum Tenens
November 17, 2014
6 Key Factors Drastically Increasing the Utilization of Locum Tenens

If you have ever thought, “What are we going to do if Dr. So & So retires or leaves our community?” this article pertains to you and offers a solution.  An overwhelmingly large number of groups and healthcare delivery systems are finding themselves in this very predicament.

Behind the Scenes with Onyx M.D.
August 12, 2014
Behind the Scenes with Onyx M.D.

While you may have one point of contact, there is a whole staff of experts behind the scenes working hard to make sure you have a successful assignment. With over 60 years of combined experience in the Locum Tenens industry, take a look at why our Operations Team is like no other...

The Affordable Care Act: Wait For It
March 17, 2014
The Affordable Care Act: Wait For It

**In response to Dr. Moghim's article, "Obama Scare: The Frightening Truth"**...

Much ado has been made about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.  Its early critics were quick to jump on the first sign of failure: the healthcare.gov website.  Many cried foul and presaged that this debacle was the harbinger of things to come.  I suggest that we step back for a moment and look at this legislation not as a done deal but more as a work in progress.

Physician References: How to Overcome Delays
December 17, 2013
Physician References: How to Overcome Delays

Healthcare providers are fully aware of the many “hick ups” that can occur during the privileging process. One of the more frequent challenges encountered is obtaining references from one’s peers.  The simple request to complete a reference form and return it, can turn into a full-fledged man hunt! 

Obama SCARE: The Frightening Truth
November 20, 2013
Obama SCARE: The Frightening Truth

ObamaCareFacts.com officially states that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, and was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. The complexities of the roll-out and implementation of ACA, however, indicate that Americans are skeptical, that those who were responsible for making it law are now running from it, especially in the 15 democratic Senate seats up for reelection in 2014.

Obama Care – A Complex and Confusing Kickoff
October 1, 2013
Obama Care – A Complex and Confusing Kickoff

As a physician, I often get questions from my patients about the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obama Care, the massive healthcare legislation voted into law in 2009.  With the mandated healthcare exchanges scheduled to launch on October 1st, 2013, questions and skepticism are becoming more frequent in the news as well. My response is usually the same: “It is extremely complex, and we will have to wait and see.”

4 Essential Travel Tips
September 17, 2013
4 Essential Travel Tips

As a locum tenens provider, traveling to a new location for an assignment should be fun, simple and easy, not stressful or hectic. With these 4 simple travel tips, we hope you can sit back, relax and enjoy your assignment.

Bigger is NOT Better: The Disruption of the Consolidated Hospital Industry
August 7, 2013
Bigger is NOT Better: The Disruption of the Consolidated Hospital Industry

Are physicians who are employed by hospital systems set up for failure? Physicians are moving away from the traditional independent practice and seeking refuge in employment models endorsed by resource-rich conglomerates such as hospital systems.  This plausible trend is a result of ongoing threats to physician reimbursement, operating costs heading disproportionately higher and more administrative and compliance burdens with Obama Care. But what if the healthcare industry today is on the verge of disruption?  Have doctors made the right decision to merge with hospital systems or did they sell their souls early?