Practice Management Archive
County-level health insurance coverage increased based on the volume of Affordable Care Act (ACA) television advertisements.
The Department of Health and Human Services may impose a corrective action plan (CAP) in response to a particularly egregious HIPAA breach.
Patients admitted during Joint Commission on-site inspections have lower 30-day mortality vs those admitted during non-survey weeks.
The American Diabetes Association has released a statement in opposition of the forthcoming American Health Care Act (AHCA).
Researchers found that diagnostic accuracy via cell phone app was on par with traditional digital imaging and internet-based workstation viewing.
The GOP-proposed plan will remove President Obama's mandate for health insurance, instead offering tax incentives to encourage Americans purchase coverage.
In an observational study, the 30-day mortality rate for patients treated by international doctors was 11.2%.
The 115th US Congress is wasting no time considering reforms to the outgoing president's signature healthcare legislation.
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.
The highest spending was for diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and low back and neck pain in 2013.
Health care spending on children increased from 1996 to 2013 in the United States.
The use of structured rounding tools improves time allocation per patient and communication breakdowns during hand-offs in multidisciplinary rounds.
Outcomes-based pricing for novel and expensive biopharmaceuticals is supported in an Ideas and Opinions piece published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Factors that influence whether an internal medicine physician will accept a position include opportunities for improved work-life balance as well as compensation.
Anticoagulants, antibiotics, and diabetes agents were implicated in an estimated 46.9% of emergency department visits.
Patients who viewed price estimates chose health care facilities with lower relative price estimates.
Effective strategies for managing physician burnout include mindfulness and stress-management training.
Extra-small-network plan has less expensive monthly premium than large-network plan.
There was increased Medicaid revenue and improved profit margins for hospitals in 19 states with expansion.
Despite offering assistance to those who cannot afford medications, copay assistance programs create broader problems.
Module includes steps to identify doctors at risk, such as talking about risk factors, and warning signs for suicide.
Republican vs Democratic doctors offered different guidance on abortion, guns, and marijuana.
Costs increased by 40% between 2009 and 2015 and are expected to continue increasing.
Reviewers more likely to recommend acceptance when prestigious names and institutions were visible.
Empathetic listening can help physicians navigate difficult situations and forge deeper connections with patients, leading to greater professional satisfaction and joy.
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.
Letting Medicare and Medicaid negotiate pricing would likely help bring costs down, researchers contend.
Telehealth technologies can allow delivery of high-quality care at a lower cost, especially in underserved areas, but there is currently no uniform legal approach to telehealth.
Overall, 68.8% of hospitals offer language services, with the proportion increasing with level of need..
Government spending on compounded drugs has skyrocketed, raising concerns of fraud and overbilling, according to a report published by Kaiser Health News.
Total drug expenditures are expected to increase by 11% to 13% in 2016.
The practice is common and raises privacy issues, but it is overall is beneficial, researchers noted.
While overall US medical spending growth slowed between 2004 and 2013, expenditures rose for middle- and high-income Americans.
Stress and burnout are increasingly prevalent among physicians, with serious personal and professional consequences, according to a report published in Medical Economics.
By 2025, health spending is expected to account for 20.1% of the economy.
Changes have been proposed to the Physician Fee Schedule to transform how Medicare pays for primary care, focusing on improvements in pay for care coordination and planning.
For physicians with faculty appointments at 24 US public medical schools there are significant salary differences between men and women, even after adjustment for confounding variables.
Critical care health care professionals have one of the highest rates of burnout syndrome, compared with other health care professionals.
Medication organization devices may cause medication-related adverse events in unintentionally nonadherent older people.
Only about half of trials registered at ClinicalTrials.gov are listed in the largest data-sharing repository.
Survey found those who have to use electronic health records and computerized physician order entry report more burnout and job dissatisfaction.
AAMC promotes multipronged approach including federal support, technology, care delivery changes
The creation of a reset room is one of several solutions that can help physicians and medical providers address burnout.
About two-thirds also report experiencing gender bias in the workplace.
Full-time physicians are reporting worsening burnout or decreasing job satisfaction more likely to cut hours.
Telemedicine visits are up from 2004 to 2013; only 0.7% of rural beneficiaries received visit in 2013.
The United States spends more on medications than any other country.
Leadership ratings strongly linked to employee burnout and satisfaction
The main reason for price the difference is a national system that negotiates with medical providers.
Workplace violence is often underreported, and the health care sector is among the industries most subject to violence.
A total of 30 750 positions were available, with an overall match rate 96.2% and 96.3% of first-year positions filled.
Positive impression can be created in the waiting room, front desk, hallway, and examination room.
First full year of Medicare Shared Savings Program contracts is linked to an early drop in Medicare spending.
For 6 common acute illnesses, significant variation was seen across companies and by condition.
Female physicians should lobby for transparency to reduce gender wage disparity.
The model considers 3 factors that physicians need: choice, social connectedness, and excellence.
Researchers found an increase due to increased medication use and higher prices, with an increase about half that of 2014.
Compiling the information needed to approach insurance companies is time consuming.
Median days to a review for an e-consultation was 5 days vs 24 days for traditional visit.
More than half of retail clinic visits for 11 low-acuity conditions represent new utilization.
Many apps have no policies and may share data with third parties, researchers found.
Problematic clauses in contracts include blanket confidentiality clauses and termination without cause.
Physicians with spouses who have a higher education level may be less likely to work in rural underserved areas.
Many individuals who undergo direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing do not share the results with their primary care provider.
In an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 15 suggestions are presented to optimize the effectiveness of practice feedback.
Only one-third of medical schools have technical standards that detail accommodations for students with disabilities.
The percentage of uninsured persons is decreasing in the United States, according to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
Pennsylvania physicians have called for state- and national-level medical associations to take an active role in addressing the issue of increasing generic drug prices.
Medical liability reforms are likely to be advanced and challenged in 2016, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
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.
Understanding key business data is essential to a successful practice.
Video games can play a role in medical education, offering new methods for teaching medical students, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.
Simplification, consolidation, and real time point-of-care information could address the inefficiencies in the medical billing system.
Tips for increasing patient adherence to treatment plans include patient engagement and addressing barriers to adherence, according to an article published in Medical Economics.
Mobile telephone text messaging may be a promising new way to improve adherence to medications for chronic diseases, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Patients and their families believe that teams in acute and primary care are more effective when they include nurse practitioners.
Demand for medical office space for ambulatory care is at a high point and looks likely to continue increasing, according to an article published in Forbes.
Only a few doctors account for a large number of paid malpractice claims.
Given the current political climate and issues of bipartisan concern, 2016 could see certain changes to health care legislation.
More Americans than ever are satisfied with their visits to the doctor, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll in September.
Data from two research studies suggest that physicians are less likely to choose aggressive care towards end of life.
Greater transparency is being promoted in clinical research, according to a health policy brief published in Health Affairs.
US patients whose health insurance plans have high deductibles undergo fewer diagnostic imaging tests, according to a study published in Medical Care.
Hospital reimbursements up and births among young women more often privately covered with the Affordable Care Act, according to 2 research letters.
The American Board of Internal Medicine is extending through 2018 its decision not to require internists to complete various controversial parts of its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program to retain certification status.
Attending physician workload is associated with lower teaching effectiveness, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
Arguments against the time-honored practice of routine physical exams are flawed, according to two researchers.
Online communications reduced the need for phone calls and office visits for many patients, according to new data.
A change from minimally restricted to unrestricted visitation hours is associated with improved satisfaction among patients' family members.
Oregon has become the first state to allow women to obtain birth control without a doctor's prescription.
Lawmakers hope increasing the smoking age to 21 will make it more difficult for adolescents to start the habit.
More than half of physicians report at least 1 symptom of burnout, according to the AMA, and efforts are being undertaken to address burnout.
Hospital prices are positively associated with indicators of hospital market power.
In order to prevent denials, it is important to code correctly within the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), with specificity matching documentation, according to an article published in Medical Economics.
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has improved access to care and affordability of care for many adults.
Pay-for-performance measures have an overall positive effect on disease management, according to new data.
An analysis found that studies paid for by private sector are increasing, while U.S.-sponsored trials are declining.
A new model aims to improve interprofessional collaboration, data-driven decisions, and provide leadership.
Despite an increase in number of U.S. medical school graduates, there has been no change in graduate medical education placement.
The intended scope of practice is broader than the actual scope of practice reported by current practitioners.
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