VIEWPOINT Magazine

Perspectives on the business of healthcare

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The Winter Solstice 2017 Issue is Out!

This issue is all about disaster planning. We bring you tales from the front from a practice in Houston, Texas, that exemplifies how to make the best out of a bad situation. We offer advice on disaster planning, employee policies, personal survival tips and how to secure your data. We hope that you’ll use this issue as a guide for how to plan and implement measures that will keep you safe when the next storm rolls in (and enjoy the supplemental on Patient Centered Medical Home).

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NCQA Quality Talks 2017

The 2017 NCQA Quality Talks provided attendees with a glimpse into how technology and other innovations are continuing to push quality in healthcare forward. While pushing at these boundaries, the talks also provided the very timely reminder that patient care should always be focused on the most important measure of quality: the patient. 

Disaster Impacts on the Healthcare Industry

We tend to think of how disasters effect people and practices, but industry takes a big hit too. Susanne takes a look at the impacts on big business and politics.

How to Best Utilize Social Media During Disasters

Social Media expert Noreen offers guidance on how best to use social media platforms during a disaster to communicate with patients, staff & family.

Survival Tips: How to Get Through a Disaster

Do you know how to get through a disaster? Tiffany shares tips on how to plan - and how to survive - any disaster that comes your way.

Upcoming CPT Code Changes for Primary Care

Coding expert Jenna Mirchin takes us through some primary care CPT code updates for 2018.

Giving Back To The Community

Lighthouse Pediatrics set up a Swap Shop for its patients and local community, whereby folks can leave or take clothes and supplies as they need them. We spoke with Dr. Dudley to learn more.

Employee Policies: Do Your Employees Know What to do in an Emergency?

Tiffany Lauria walks us through disaster planning and employee policies, and provides some resources to get you started on your plan.

How To Effectively Prepare Your Practice for Disasters

Are you ready for the next big storm? Preparation is the key to surviving and recovering from disasters that may hit your practice. Heidi tells us how.

Disaster-Proofing Your Electronic Medical Records

Think you've got it covered? Maybe not. David Magbee examines the processes behind EMR back ups and explores options for making your EMR disaster-proof.

Killing The Affordable Care Act

The congressional failure to replace, or repeal, ACA has done little to halt White House ACA-elimination attempts. Rather, it shifted the Trump Administration’s repeal strategy to one of utilizing underhanded tactics, by undermining the federal ACA exchanges and individuals’ support through de-funding specific provisions.

R.I.P. NCQA PCMH 2014

What's In, What's Out, and what to expect from the new standards. If your practice is racing toward the finish line to become recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) under the 2014 program of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) by September 30th, we wish you a speedy and successful finish!

CYBERSECURITY: Implementing Basic Safeguards At Your Practice

The recommendations discussed here can be implemented by most practices without a large investment of time or money, and should be executed immediately if your practice has not already done so.

Curated Video

Behind the scenes, up close, and personal. More video »

Interviews & Podcasts

Frontline stories from our clients, colleagues and consultants. More stories »

Podcast: ABC Pediatric Clinic, Houston, TX

Susanne spoke with Dr.s Sugol and Silen Pahlavan of ABC Pediatric Clinic in Houston, Texas, to learn about how they handled Hurricane Harvey and what they learned from the experience.

Interview: Michael Lubin, VP, Hint Health

Susanne spoke with Michael Lubin, VP of Hint Health, a 'direct care' company that helps connect physicians directly to patients and employers. No more middleman insurance companies!

Interview: Todd Wolynn, MD

We asked Dr. Todd Wolynn to tell us a bit about how he's innovating at his practice, Kids Plus Pediatrics. By investing in a studio onsite at his practice, this doctor has turned connecting into a lot of fun for everyone.

Videocast: George Rogu, MD, CPE

Susanne Madden sat down with George Rogu, MD, CPE, of RBK Pediatrics in Long Island, NY, to discuss the impact of technology on his busy pediatric practice.

Podcast: Gautam Gulati, MD

Dr. Gulati and Susanne Madden had an opportunity to talk about innovation - its cause (and stagnation) and its application. Even innovating oneself.

Interview: Scott Hodgson

Self described "design addict", Scott Hodgson has been the creative brain behind countless branding, identity, advertising and packaging projects.

Podcast: A Conversation with Christoph Diasio, MD

Susanne Madden spoke with Dr. Christoph Diasio, managing partner of Sandhills Pediatrics (North Carolina) and chair of the AAP section on practice management (SOAPM) about incorporating mental and behavioral health into his pediatric practice.

Female Solo Pediatric Practices of 2016

At The Verden Group, we assist many physicians with starting their new practices. Our favorites are the independent female pediatricians who decide to break out and create practices THEIR way.

Interview: Bonnie Feola, MD

We spoke to Dr. Bonnie Feola about her experiences with buying over an established pediatric practice and how she made it one her own, one step at a time.

Podcast: A Conversation with Brent Cardwell, MD

On the challenges and opportunities inherent in running an independent pediatric practice and a pediatric IPA.

Interview: Brandon Betancourt

We interviewed Brandon Betancourt of Pediatric Inc and Salud Pediatrics about his thoughts on what in means to innovate at the pediatric practice level today.

A Tale of Two Supergroups: Scott Schams, MD

We interviewed two physician CEOs who have worked hard to band practices together to form independent clinically integrated 'Super Groups': Dr. Scott Schams of Allied Pediatricians of Texas and Dr. Jill Stoller of BCD Health Partners.