Physicians Practice and Lancaster General Collaborate to Improve Patient Care

Friday, September 12, 2008 General News
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BALTIMORE, Sept. 11 Physicians Practice and LancasterGeneral have joined forces to help provide area physicians and their staffmore time to devote to patient care. This new collaboration is a uniqueprogram designed to help Lancaster-area doctors better handle the cumbersomeand time-consuming issues of managing a busy practice. Through this newcollaboration, Lancaster General will use Physicians Practice's extensiveresources to deliver essential practice management tools to help localphysicians manage the business aspects of medicine more efficiently andeffectively.

Physicians' need for practice management information is an ever-increasingone. According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers, every hour a physician spends witha patient results in 36 minutes of paperwork. Additionally, the cost ofrunning a medical practice has increased and now consumes much as 62 percentof their revenue (2007 Medical Group Management Association Cost Survey),while reimbursement continues to decline from year to year (2006 and 2007Physicians Practice Fee Schedule Surveys).

Under their new collaboration, Lancaster General will sponsor PhysiciansPractice(R), America's Leading Practice Management Journal, for approximately2,500 local doctors from multiple specialties in the greater Lancaster area.Beginning in September, Physicians Practice will be mailed monthly and willserve to help physicians and their office staff address the numerouschallenges faced by today's medical practices. The magazine also will featurea section sponsored and written by Lancaster General highlighting news inclinical and scientific research occurring at the hospital.

"As part of Lancaster General's continuing commitment to quality outcomesand customer service, we are constantly seeking new methods to communicate ourmessages to physicians and their office staffs. Physicians Practice isanother tool in our ongoing effort to create an extraordinary healthcareexperience ... every time," says Dr. Lee M. Duke, II, MD, Sr. VP and ChiefPhysician Executive for Lancaster General.

"It is great to be able to work with Lancaster General to bring practicemanagement information and resources directly to Lancaster physicians," saysKenneth Karpay, vice-president and group publisher of Physicians Practice."Our expertise in practice management and technology will help Lancaster'smedical practices to spend less time on business and more time with patients."

For more information on the benefits of working with Physicians Practiceto improve patient care, visit, and selectFor Hospitals.

About Physicians Practice

For more than 18 years, healthcare executives have turned to PhysiciansPractice to help them cultivate physician relationships. Physicians Practicejournal maintains approximately 60 hospital partnerships and is distributed tomore than 265,000 practicing physicians. We create award-winning content andmultimedia services to help community-based doctors in the United States andCanada strengthen their practice operations, which ultimately improves patientcare. Physicians Practice is owned by CMP Healthcare Media, a division ofUnited Business Media. Visit for additionalinformation about our acclaimed healthcare business education solutions.

About Lancaster General

Lancaster General is a not-for-profit healthcare system of more than twodozen providers including Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster General HealthCampus, Lancaster General Women & Babies Hospital and Lancaster GeneralMedical Group. A Magnet hospital for clinical excellence and one of America's100 Top Hospitals, Lancaster General Hospital is the keystone of the healthsystem. Its mission is to advance the health and well-being of thecommunities of Lancaster. For more information about Lancaster General visitour Web site at http:

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