Health Care Policy

ACA: Don't Hold Your Breath for Meaningful Health Care Reform

ACA: Don't Hold Your Breath for Meaningful Health Care Reform

One clinician reflects on the effects of "managed care" on the health care system.

ACP Asks Congress to Reconsider Repealing Obamacare

ACP Asks Congress to Reconsider Repealing Obamacare

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The 115th US Congress is wasting no time considering reforms to the outgoing president's signature healthcare legislation.

Trump Administration and Health Care Policy: The Future of the Affordable Care Act

Trump Administration and Health Care Policy: The Future of the Affordable Care Act

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The ACA is likely to be partially or fully repealed, though it is uncertain how physician practices and the benefits of the 20 million newly-insured will be affected.

Medicare Readmission Rates Drop With Penalties Under Affordable Care Act

Medicare Readmission Rates Drop With Penalties Under Affordable Care Act

Passage of the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program under the Affordable Care Act is associated with a more rapid decrease in 30-day risk-standardized readmission rates.

First Round of HIPAA Audits: Are Providers Missing the Mark?

First Round of HIPAA Audits: Are Providers Missing the Mark?

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Providers are still not doing some of the most basic tasks required by the law.

The Handoff: Your Week in Endocrinology - 12/9/16

This week, read about the US Surgeon General's report on increased use of e-cigarettes among youths, the Senate's vote on the 21st Century Cures Act, and more.

EMRs: How to Address Challenges of Implementation

EMRs: How to Address Challenges of Implementation

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Many providers still find EMRs vexing, even after all these years.

Medicaid Expansion Did Not Affect Hospital Length of Stay, Mortality

Medicaid Expansion Did Not Affect Hospital Length of Stay, Mortality

State Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not associated with length of stay (LOS) or in-hospital mortality among general medicine patients.

Encryption: Protecting Patient Health Information for HIPAA Compliance

Encryption: Protecting Patient Health Information for HIPAA Compliance

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Addressable doesn't mean optional: Having an implementation plan can be helpful in case of an audit.

Health Insurance Premiums Will Increase in 2017 Under ACA

Health Insurance Premiums Will Increase in 2017 Under ACA

Health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act will rise in 2017, analysts and insurance brokers said.

Physicians Discuss Benefits, Drawbacks of Electronic Health Records

Physicians Discuss Benefits, Drawbacks of Electronic Health Records

Physicians recently met in Seattle to discuss the difficulties and benefits associated with electronic health records in a third town hall meeting on the subject.

Addressing Inefficiencies in Medical Billing

Addressing Inefficiencies in Medical Billing

Simplification, consolidation, and real time point-of-care information could address the inefficiencies in the medical billing system.

Some Changes Possible for Health Care Legislation in 2016

Some Changes Possible for Health Care Legislation in 2016

Given the current political climate and issues of bipartisan concern, 2016 could see certain changes to health care legislation.

Researchers Note Push for Greater Transparency in Clinical Research

Researchers Note Push for Greater Transparency in Clinical Research

Greater transparency is being promoted in clinical research, according to a health policy brief published in Health Affairs.

Affordable Care Act Improving Health Care Coverage

Affordable Care Act Improving Health Care Coverage

Hospital reimbursements up and births among young women more often privately covered with the Affordable Care Act, according to 2 research letters.

Affordability, Access to Medical Care Improved With Affordable Care Act

Affordability, Access to Medical Care Improved With Affordable Care Act

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has improved access to care and affordability of care for many adults.

States Urge Doctors to Accept Medicaid Expansion

States Urge Doctors to Accept Medicaid Expansion

Although Medicaid expansion does not work for many doctors, states are trying to find ways to make it work.

Majority of Americans Favor Keeping Healthcare Costs in Check

Majority of Americans Favor Keeping Healthcare Costs in Check

Suggestions include price controls on drugs, hospitals, and doctors.

Healthcare Spending Higher in the US, But Life Expectancy Lower

Healthcare Spending Higher in the US, But Life Expectancy Lower

Comparison with 12 industrialized nations shows that more money is spent, but life expectancy is lowest in the United States.

Additional Staff, EMRs, Aftercare Can Help Hospitals Overcome 'Weekend Effect'

Additional Staff, EMRs, Aftercare Can Help Hospitals Overcome 'Weekend Effect'

Improved staffing, electronic medical records, additional inpatient, and aftercare resources help clinicians tackle this issue.

Tips to Improve EHR Efficiency

Tips to Improve EHR Efficiency

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Strategies include educating staff about preferences and processes, using own templates to reduce editing.

Health Insurance Deductibles Increasing Faster Than Wages

Health Insurance Deductibles Increasing Faster Than Wages

One in five workers now have a deductible of $2,000 or more.

PCPs Harbor Mixed Feelings About Recent Health Care Changes

PCPs Harbor Mixed Feelings About Recent Health Care Changes

Primary care providers mostly positive about impact of health information technology but are divided on ACOs.

ACA Ups Diagnosis, Treatment of Chronic Diseases

ACA Ups Diagnosis, Treatment of Chronic Diseases

Higher numbers of insured leading to more treatment of hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Many Physicians Dissatisfied With EHR Systems

Many Physicians Dissatisfied With EHR Systems

Compared with survey 5 years earlier, fewer physicians report being satisfied or very satisfied.

Health Spending to Increase by About 6% by 2024 in U.S.

Health Spending to Increase by About 6% by 2024 in U.S.

Increase due to ACA coverage expansions, faster economic growth and the population aging.

AMA Requests Clinician Perspectives on EHRs, Meaningful Use Program

AMA Requests Clinician Perspectives on EHRs, Meaningful Use Program

Doctors are encouraged to share stories and email Congress members.

Insurance Coverage Influences Receipt of Preventive Services

Insurance Coverage Influences Receipt of Preventive Services

Insurance is major factor in determining receipt of preventive services.

Encouraging Use of Patient Portals

Encouraging Use of Patient Portals

Suggestions include training staff on portal use and showing patients how to use the portal.

What to Consider When Selecting EHR Systems

What to Consider When Selecting EHR Systems

Work flow, features and functionality, and technical infrastructure should all be considered.

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