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Ideas, insight and analysis to help physicians, medical groups and health systems stay informed and profitable in today's challenging health care environment.
Jeff A. Drasnin

Jeff A. Drasnin

MD, FAAP, pediatrics

Dr. Drasnin is an athenahealth client specializing in pediatric medicine at ESD Pediatric Group in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jeff A. Drasnin

With Patient Portals, Doctors Win Too

by Jeff A. Drasnin, MD, FAAP, pediatrics

Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a surgeon in Arizona, recently  in the Wall Street Journal that he blames electronic health records (EHRs) for damaging his connection with patients. It’s an awful feeling for any physician. We all wish for longer appointments, fewer charts, and more time spent looking patients squarely in the eyes, rather than into our keyboards. In more than a small way I rue the end of the era in which my father, also a pediatrician, was lucky to practice: one where care was personal, immediate, and – sometimes, even – delivered in the home. 

May 13, 2015|Categories: Patient Engagement

Jeff A. Drasnin

Outbreak Outrage

by Jeff A. Drasnin, MD, FAAP, pediatrics

I’ve written several posts on vaccines and vaccine refusal, but it’s time for a follow-up. Recent events have given us all opportunity to think, reflect and educate.

Social media, popular media, and countless internet sources are all very powerful influencers of sentiment. As a connected purveyor of all of the above, I find it very interesting to see how the messages have changed in recent weeks since the outbreak of measles began at Disneyland.  

February 19, 2015|Categories: Patient Engagement

Jeff A. Drasnin

Childhood Immunizations: The Conversation That Must Continue

by Jeff A. Drasnin, MD, FAAP, pediatrics

There are a growing number of pediatricians around the country who will not provide care to families if they either a) refuse all immunizations or b) selectively immunize. While I would consider myself an academic pediatrician who, to the best of my ability, will always “recommend what is recommended”—following American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations as well as evidence-based medicine—I’ve noticed an increase in “alternative families” at my group practice.

July 08, 2013|Categories: Patient Engagement

Jeff A. Drasnin

A Pediatrician’s View: Improving Revenue and Care through Patient Communication

by Jeff A. Drasnin, MD, FAAP, pediatrics

Operating a small business in today’s economy is difficult. Small, privately owned physician practices must have their financial house in order to provide high-quality medical care. The truth is most physicians are ill-equipped to survive in a very tough business environment. We spend years training to take good care of our patients, but have no idea how to balance a budget or run a practice effectively.

March 14, 2013|Categories: Patient Engagement, Practice Management

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