There are various pressures on both primary-care and specialty physicians these days, and with healthcare reform beginning to make waves, those pressures are mounting.
Unless primary-care physicians can organize and affect change, private practice is "doomed," says neurosurgeon Ben Carson, director of the division of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. There is still room to influence the changes ahead, he says, but it requires "strong, collective action."
Carson is a keynote speaker at this year's MGMA12 Conference in San Antonio. He is scheduled to headline a session entitled "Big Ideas Mean Taking Big Risks" on Wednesday, Oct. 24.