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LocumTenens.com Wins 2014 Best of Staffing Award
LocumTenens.com has been named as one of Inavero's 2014 Best of Staffing® Award winners. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, the fifth annual Best of Staffing Award provides the only statistically valid and objective service quality benchmarks in the industry, revealing which staffing agencies are delivering the highest satisfaction levels to their clients and the permanent and temporary employees for whom they find jobs. This year's Best of Staffing winners achieved satisfaction scores more than double the industry average, illustrating that firms like LocumTenens.com truly stand out for their service quality. LocumTenens.com received satisfaction ratings of 9 or 10 out of 10 from nearly 73 percent of the physicians it places, significantly higher than the industry's average of 53 percent.
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CMS Will Respond to Reimbursement Requests on Case-by-Case Basis
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) decided to begin releasing physician reimbursement data mid-March on a case-by-case basis. This will make physician payment more transparent, but protect the privacy of beneficiaries. The agency will "weigh the balance between the privacy interest of individual physicians and the public interest in disclosure of such information," which will be tricky to balance.
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Do you think your facility will be prepared for ICD-10?
The deadline for the required transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets is October 1, 2014. Almost every survey of physicians thus far has revealed that the majority of doctors are unprepared for the transition. Some have begun testing and feel prepared, some are testing but are still concerned, and many have not started preparation at all. Doctors are also concerned with costs and loss of productivity related to the implementation. Do you think your facility will be prepared by the deadline of October 1?
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Physicians Need to be More Emotionally Intelligent With Their Patients
"Cultural competence" in medical schools is now referred to as "emotional intelligence," which focuses on the best way to provide information to a patient, rather than just acting happier or friendlier. A physician who can communicate well with patients will be more likely to take advantage of alternative payment models in the new healthcare system. Patients will be more apt to engage and adhere to their medication and follow-up plans. "The partnership is one of many examples health systems are turning to with the goal of better managing quality, outcomes, and patient experience."
Do you consider yourself emotionally intelligent in your healthcare approach to treating patients?
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