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Welcome to Medeconomics

Editor Emma Bower explains what Medeconomics can offer practices.

Welcome to Medeconomics, a new website providing practical, accessible advice and information on the range of issues affecting general practice.

Until recently Medeconomics has been part of GP magazine and GPonline.com. We have launched this separate, standalone site in response to feedback from GPs and practice managers who told us they wanted access to more information and resources to help them run their practice in these challenging times.

Practices now operate in a tough environment. Income is falling, while expenses continue to rise. GPs and practice teams are expected to work harder than ever before to cope with rising patient demand and meet an increasing number of national and local targets.

In 2013, practices in England also have to contend with CQC registration and could face significant upheaval as we say goodbye to PCTs and CCGs assume their full responsibilities.

Meeting the challenges

We have created Medeconomics to provide expert advice to help you meet these challenges and run your practice more effectively.

Content is divided into clear sections, which cover topics including finance, contracts, enhanced services, premises, practice management, HR, QOF and CQC registration. Our CCG agenda section will also provide insight and analysis on how CCGs are impacting on the day-to-day running of general practice.

Meanwhile, our panel of experts is also available to answer your questions in all the key areas.

Database of GP Fees

The new and improved Database of GP Fees will help ensure that your practice is claiming funding correctly and making the most of all new earning opportunities.

Divided into NHS Funding and Allowances and Private and Professional Fees, the database provides information about the main funding streams available to general practice.

We have also significantly improved our A to Z list of Private and Professional Fees, so you can easily find the information you are looking for and to help you identify possible new sources of income.

We have surveyed more than 500 GPs and practice managers to find the average rates charged for the most commonly used ‘negotiable’ fess to help you benchmark your rates and earnings in these areas.

Your feedback

Your feedback is vital to help us ensure Medeconomics is a useful resource that you value. Please tell us what you think of the site, either by emailing me at emma.bower@haymarket.com, or by completing our short feedback survey here.

Please also get in touch if you have any ideas about issues you would like us to cover, or if you think other practices could learn from services or initiatives you have developed and you would like to share your experiences with your peers.

Emma Bower

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