Primary Care

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Prior Authorizations: How to Manage this Hidden Healthcare Cost

Administrative burdens — tasks mandated by commercial and government insurers — overwhelm the healthcare system on a daily basis and are just one aspect of what ails our troubled healthcare system. One such task, experienced by nearly every stakeholder in the delivery of healthcare (including the patient), is managing prior authorization requests required by most … Continue reading

Embrace the Quadruple Aim, improve the work lives of your providers and staff

As the Chief Medical Officer of Privia, a 1600-provider medical group, I’m always striving to combat burnout by staying abreast of the tools, knowledge, and resources physicians need to help improve efficiency, deliver feedback and reduce administrative burdens. You may have heard of the Triple Aim, a concept developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. … Continue reading

Why Patients Should be the Center of the Healthcare Universe

My Story Three years ago, I suffered a debilitating core injury while playing hockey. Barely able to walk, I made my way to the local urgent care center for an evaluation. Diagnosed with a severe muscle strain, I was quickly prescribed physical therapy and sent on my way, with orders to follow-up with my PCP … Continue reading

Men’s Health Month: Useful Tips for Communication

June is National Men’s Health Month, and this week is National Men’s Health Week. To help providers connect with those patients who tend to be a bit reticent to acknowledge issues when it comes to their health, Privia would like to offer some tips for effective communication while in the exam room. First, we’d like … Continue reading

Why physician-led organizations work

I’ve had many opportunities to address physicians across the spectrum of healthcare settings, from those who run private practices, to those who work in large and small groups, to those who are hospital affiliated and employed. I often ask them the question “who controls the practice of medicine?” The answers I receive vary: government, insurance … Continue reading

Diverting High-Cost Frequent Flyers: Population Health Tactics to Manage High Utilizers

Normally, the word “diversion” conjures images of sleep-deprived arrivals at regional airports; an experience to be avoided at all costs. In medicine, however, diversions — from emergency departments, inpatient settings, specialist visits, and urgent care clinics — are to be embraced for their cost-mitigation attributes. A quick Google search returns hundreds of pieces written over … Continue reading

Q&A with an Office Manager: An Insider’s Perspective on Quality Management

We recently sat down with office manager Brandy Fernandes to discuss strategies to improve quality management implementation in an independent practice. Brandy has successfully managed Dr. Fred Taweel’s office, Internal Medicine Associates of Reston (IMAR), for ten years. As one of the highest performing practices at Privia, IMAR has experienced an increase in cleanly coded … Continue reading

4 Ways to Improve Productivity and Growth in Your Independent Practice

Are you an independent provider who would like to grow your practice? The average primary care physician typically retains between 1800-2200 patients, as this range allows for a provider to effectively treat each patient while maintaining financial health. Achieving the optimal panel size for your practice is essential to fulfilling the aims of population health; … Continue reading

Why the Doctor-Patient Relationship Is Important and Three Ways to Elevate It

Lauri Rustand, President, Privia Medical Group – Mid-Atlantic Before the advent of hospitals, or even the modern doctor’s office, physicians made house calls. Essentially medicine-practicing entrepreneurs, physicians visited members of their communities in intimate settings. Many formed such close bonds with their patients that they were considered family. In those “good old days,” primary care … Continue reading

Repairing the Patient-Physician Relationship

There’s a good reason for the intensifying desire to shift more responsibility to primary care physicians. Studies conclusively show that when primary care handles the bulk of patient care, good things happen. But as we march toward patient-centered medical homes and increased physician responsibility, the unrelenting challenges of physician shortages and shrinking reimbursements have taken … Continue reading

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