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J. Scott Litton, Jr, MD

J. Scott Litton, Jr, MD

J. Scott Litton, Jr., MD, FAAFP, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2000 and completed his Family Medicine residency at Spartanburg Regional Health System in Spartanburg, S.C. in 2003. He is board certified and currently practices at Litton Family Medicine in his hometown of Pennington Gap, Va.

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As a physician, you are always on the job; even on your flight to a family vacation in Florida when a medical emergency occurs.

Many have debated maintenance of certification, but I think reviewing and refreshing ourselves allows us to be well-rounded physicians.

Physicians will likely have a hard time embracing future changes under the Affordable Care Act as the current effects are less than desirable already.

As physicians, grasp how much work you can do in one day, adjust your schedule accordingly, and start fresh each new day.

Members of your medical practice working together is vital to efficiently treat patients and have a successful office.

Taking time to understand the duties of your staff and provide the appropriate back up when needed is crucial to operating an efficient practice.

Ninety-five percent of my patients take my medical recommendations. It's the other five percent that require more convincing.

When it comes to patient communication, the best way is always a face-to-face encounter, especially when it involves bad news.

Like most medical practices, we offer flu shots to patients. And like most practices, some accept, some refuse, and some go to their grocery store instead.

The difficulty imposed on primary-care physicians as a result of the imperfect Medicare SGR formula creates more hurdles in our day-to-day work flow.

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