The uncertainty of the current healthcare environment has become a cause of undue stress. Although stress can have a positive impact on individuals and organizations, it most often wields a negative effect.
The uncertainty of the current healthcare environment has become a cause of undue stress. Although stress can have a positive im-pact on individuals and organizations, it most often wields a negative effect. According to the American Institute of Stress (www.stress.org/workplace-stress/), up to 60% of absenteeism in the workplace has been attributed to stress.
As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, managers and administrators of urology practices have a constant they can rely on. For 14 years, the Practice Managers’ Network (PMN), a resource offered through the American Urological Association (AUA), has offered support to management teams across its spectrum of membership.
As if implementing the imperfect Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its demands on private and group practices (eg, training the front desk, collecting copays, determining deductibles, and identifying exchange patients) was not enough, many urologists—especially those not considering early retirement or leaving medicine altogether—are also examining the possibility of consolidating their practices via mergers or acquisitions. Faced with training staff for the transition to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision and avoiding heavy penalties for errors to partially fund the ACA, practices have to study and choose from an array of electronic medical records (EMRs) offerings and determine which is best for their respective practices.
Overall, the practice of medicine has been evolving in recent years, and the specialty of urology has been no exception.
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