Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
News for Senior and Retired Physicians
Is age a factor in physician quality?
Some experts say the aging U.S. physician population raises patient safety concerns, and a story by American Medical News examines a call for the medical profession to address the delicate subject of when and how to monitor older physicians to assure patient safety.
American Medical News points to several pieces of research on the topic, including a 2009 study on how to oversee, prevent and remediate cognitive impairment among elderly physicians. The story also includes comments from Harris R. Clearfield, MD, a 78-year-old Philadelphia gastroenterologist who works nine hours a day and sees about 70 patients a week. Dr. Clearfield said the idea of requiring screening after a doctor turns 65 or 70 could discriminate against older physicians who have a lot to offer, American Medical News reports.
Guidance on practice financing, planning is at your fingertips
Physicians looking for help transitioning out of their practice have a valuable resource in Wells Fargo. A partner in the AMA Member Value Program, Wells Fargo understands the business aspects of running a medical practice and offers educational and planning resources to doctors planning to take their next steps.
Wells Fargo Practice Finance offers various practice management articles in its Strategies for Success Library. And an online marketplace is a free and easy way to list practices available for sale. Visit the Wells Fargo Practice Finance website for more.