Family Medicine

Diagnosis Prognosis

In spring 2012, the Choosing Wisely campaign asked nine physician organizations to create a list of commonly utilized tests or procedures that may often be unnecessary. A common response among general practitioners? Imaging for low back pain.

Caring for a Growing Adult Congenital Heart Disease Population

Just a few decades ago, many children born with congenital heart disease (CHD), the most common type of birth defect in the United States, were not expected to live past childhood. Thanks to surgical advances, 90 percent of the 40,000 children born each year with CHD now live into adulthood. This medical success story has created a new and growing patient population with extremely specialized health care needs — former pediatric patients who are now grown and living with Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD). It’s estimated there are more than 1 million individuals with ACHD, and that number is growing — fast.

Co-locating Makes Business and Service Sense: Shared Facilities Increase Efficiency and Effectiveness

In today’s fast-moving, multitasking society, convenience and accessibility are important factors for consumers making medical decisions. The idea of medical practitioners co-locating their services to make patients’ visits more efficient and effective isn’t new, but the trend is growing as more and more providers and patients realize the benefits of shared facilities.

Bringing Behavioral Health Care to the Front Lines

Integrating behavioral health treatment into the primary care setting might help remedy the behavioral healthcare shortage, even as the Affordable Care Act expands coverage for such problems.

A Nation in Waiting (Rooms)

The time patients spend in waiting rooms is widely expected to climb as healthcare reform progresses and millions of previously uninsured individuals seek medical care. Wait times have a direct impact on patient satisfaction and physician revenue, warranting a thoughtful look at how to enhance that facet of the patient experience.