NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Medscape is launching a comprehensive new program to equip physicians with the skills they need to better manage the business and regulatory aspects of medical practice. Medscape Physician Business Academy, created with a faculty of recognized health business experts, offers engaging, hands-on learning for employed and self-employed physicians and residents relevant to any practice setting and stage of career.
One of the Medscape Academy faculty members, Cheryl Pegus, MD, clinical professor of medicine and population health, NYU Langone Medical Center, believes that physicians need a program with a "realistic time commitment and courses that are relevant to the business aspects of medicine -- including managing revenue, reimbursement, legal issues, new payment models, and business strategy and practice management." According to Dr. Pegus, "As physicians, we understand the challenges -- and the cost -- of not providing solutions. As faculty, we designed a program for physicians along with our business colleagues that we believe can help turn the situation around and make a difference in physicians' lives." For information on courses and faculty, visithttp://www.medscape.com/academy/business Comprehensive and practical, the Medscape Academy goes beyond simply providing information to instead offering solutions and strategies that physicians can implement immediately into their lives and practices, with the potential to improve office workflow, enhance patient care, and facilitate career decisions. For example, the course on EHRs, a serious physician pain point, focuses on how they can be a positive tool for patient care and practice growth rather than just an electronic record -- or a necessary evil. Similarly, the course on reimbursement can enable doctors to more effectively tackle the new requirements of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which goes into effect in 2017.