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Strategies for Outsmarting the Physician Shortage

Over the past several months, more and more healthcare analysts have started to raise concerns about an impending physician shortage. The argument is highlighted by the expected influx of new patients this year as Obamacare enables millions of people to obtain insurance and presumably begin accessing the healthcare system as never before. While ambulatory visits had already been increasing by an average of 2.1% per year since 2000, [i] this new demand is expected to push total outpatient visits to 812 million by 2020.

Topics: Information Access Physician Referrals ambulatory services Physicians patient outmigration physician shortage Personnel outpatient volumes Hospitals leakage Patient Access

The Patient Access Paradox

Why is that we as patients are told to wait weeks, if not months, to see a physician, when in fact many provider organizations are only operating at 50-60% capacity?

Our nation's healthcare system suffers from a mismatch between patient demand and provider supply, something that we refer to as the "Patient Access Paradox". Almost everyone has had a personal experience with the problem of long appointment wait times, which range between 3 and 30 weeks across the country for both primary and specialist care. Yet at the same time, our hospital clients experience as low as 50-60% physician productivity, struggling to "unlock" the capacity that is buried somewhere in their provider networks.

Topics: Information Access Physician Referrals capacity management nurse practitioners physician shortage patient access paradox doctors appointments Big Data Physician Network Strategy Hospitals Patient Access

The Future Hospital Website: Are We Putting the Cart Before the Horse?

Last week a Wall Street Journal article, “What Hospital Websites of the Future Will Look Like,” caught our eye. Several key observations and predictions in the article were right on, in my opinion, and spark a great discussion about how health systems will be forced to change to accommodate patient behaviors. Websites are a good example.  

Topics: Information Access Data Transparency Patient Access

Lessons Learned From A Dizzying Doctor Search

One day during my medical internship, I received a call that sent our family on a rollercoaster ride of emotion. My aunt Mary had just received the results of a mammogram. The results pointed to breast cancer with a high suspicion of malignancy. Mary's primary physician told her to schedule a follow-up with a breast surgeon immediately so Mary got an appointment, but not until two weeks later.

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The Complexities and Classifications of Patient Access Discussed at ATLAS 2014

“Healthcare is different. It is one of the only industries that actively cares about the well-being of the consumers who cannot afford it - the patients.” This was one of the many inspiring statements shared at our inaugural Annual Thought Leadership on Access Symposium, and it points to the crux of the patient access issue: patients are the center of healthcare and they must be able to access the care they need, whenever they need it.

Topics: Information Access Physician Referrals ATLAS Physicians Population Health Management Event News Physician Network Strategy Concept Posts Patient Access

Pinkwashing Patient Access for Change

By now you may have noticed the array of pink ribbons that seem to surround you – from the strategic placement on the label of the products we frequently purchase to the window displays that decorate our local storefronts. Even NFL players are peppering the gridiron with pink gloves and cleats.

Topics: Information Access Awareness Breast Cancer Contributors October Concept Posts Affordable Care Act Patient Access Healthcare

Constant Medical Practice For Better Patient Access

Thanks to their star player, Johns Hopkins’ pancreatic surgical team has a batting average of .980. This is no small feat.

Topics: Information Access Physician Referrals Physicians Referral Management Big Data kyruus outpatient volumes Patient Access

The Cutting Room Floor: Doctor "Abridgement" and How to Fix It

I've been a fan of audiobooks for quite a long time, since the days when publishers preferred to publish abridged versions of books. That practice drove me absolutely crazy. I wanted to hear the whole book, but a publisher explained to me at one point that customers wouldn’t like the bulk and expense of all the cassette tapes needed for such a product. I could see their point, and yet I didn’t think they were looking at the big picture.

Topics: Information Access Physician Referrals Physicians capacity management physician shortage patient experience kyruus Concept Posts Hospitals Appointment Wait Times Patient Access

Can’t Get No (Referral) Satisfaction

In the event of a medical illness, we all want to feel that we will get to the “right” doctor – someone expert in diagnosing and treating our specific condition using the best and latest in medical knowledge. Not surprisingly, there is a large and growing body of evidence suggesting that the “right” doctor for a given patient is the one with the appropriate training and clinical experience in that patient’s condition. This is particularly true in specialist care where procedures are more common and conditions more narrowly defined.

Topics: Information Access Physician Referrals Referral Analytics Physicians referral misdirection Referral Management Big Data kyruus Hospitals Patient Access

The Data Puzzle: Industry Comments on Release of CMS Physician Data

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Topics: Information Access Medicare Data Physicians Data Transparency CMS Physician Privacy Data Public Comments