PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Sep
2000
Vol. 19. No. 3

Introduction

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.

Practice Management, Introduction

Mark S Nestor, MD, PhD

Organized medicine in the United States continues to experience tremendous upheaval and profound restructuring that began in the early 1990s.

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Dermatology Practice Management Assures Practice Development and Efficiency

David L Wagener

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.

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Choosing a Computer Billing System: Avoid These Mistakes

Scott Dinehart

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.

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