Organized medicine in the United States continues to experience tremendous upheaval and profound restructuring that began in the early 1990s. Although the roots of these changes may reflect dissatisfaction with health care delivery dating back many decades, the impetus for this profound change has come primarily from commercialization of the American health care system. During the last decade we have seen the evolution of health plans from what was essentially an indemnity, full choice, open access system to a vastly restrictive HMO model health care environment. Indeed, the main reason for this restriction of care has been the transition from a nonprofit-based medical insurance system to a “bottom line” profit-based structure. This change encompasses insurance companies, hospitals, and even physician practices.
Organized medicine in the United States continues to experience tremendous upheaval and profound restructuring that began in the early 1990s.
Dermatology Practice Management Enhancement: Implications for Dermatology in the Age of Managed Care
Health care delivery in the United States has changed dramatically during the past 10 years. Dermatologists are faced with challenging changes in the way they learn new skills, practice, and provide dermatologlc care.
This article provides an overview of the disciplines involved in managing a dermatology practice today. Several key management processes, including strategic planning, financial analysis, advertising and public relations, information systems management, and compliance program development and monitoring are addressed.
Practice management in the academic medical center (AMC) is different than in other environments. Practice is only a part of the practitioner’s mission within an AMC.
This article presents errors commonly made in the evaluation and purchase process and offers solutions. The success of dermatologists in the future will be partly determined by their effectiveness at managing information.