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Robert Lamberts, MD

Robert Lamberts, MD

Robert Lamberts, MD, who is board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, practices in Augusta, Ga. In October, 2012, he left his "traditional" primary care practice and opened a cash-only "direct care" practice.  His writings on this and other topics can be read on his popular blog, "Musings of a Distractible Mind" . Dr. Lamberts can be reached at rob.lamberts@gmail.com.

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While the decision to change to a direct-pay practice can be the most difficult one a physician can make, there is a second decision that is nearly as difficult: What to charge for services.

I am now nearly a year out from opening a direct-pay practice. I have not gone bankrupt or crazy. Here are some important things I've learned.

Despite being an early and enthusiastic pioneer in EHR adoption, this physician decided that he couldn't continue business as usual.

Electronic communication between healthcare providers has the potential to radically change healthcare. Referring physicians, consultants, and patients all stand to gain from its use; so why are physicians hesitating?

Done well, clinical summaries can help you communicate better, satisfy patients, and qualify for the MU bonus.

E-prescribing has not only improved the efficiency of this practice, it has improved quality at the same time.

Electronic records require regular upgrades. Don't be fooled into thinking you can get by on the cheap.

EHR adoption doesn’t end when your system is installed; you have to continue to improve your use of the product.

Primary-care doc and long-time EHR user Robert Lamberts outlines common EHR implementation mistakes and offers tips for success.

Primary-care doc and long-time EHR user Robert Lamberts outlines common EHR implementation mistakes and offers tips for success.

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