Practice Economics

  • Project Sonar brings gastroenterologists one step closer to a specialty-specific APM

    on April 27th, 2017
    Gastroenterologists wanting to participate in the advanced alternative payment model track of the new Quality Payment Program developed under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) may soon have an option as early as 2018. Project Sonar , a program that helps gastroenterologists an[...]
  • HHS Secretary Price promises reduced health IT burden for physicians

    on April 27th, 2017
    AT HEALTH DATAPALOOZA 2017 WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Reducing IT burden for doctors and fostering interoperability are two top tech priorities for Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD. “We simply have to do a better job of reducing the burden of health IT on physicians a[...]
  • GOP health reform: Essential health benefits, community rating under fire

    on April 26th, 2017
    Republicans are targeting two key consumer protections in their latest attempt to gain enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act, phase 1 of their Affordable Care Act repeal and replace plan. On the chopping block are the essential health care benefits package and so-called community rating [...]
  • White House pick for mental health czar causes stir

    on April 26th, 2017
    The White House pick for the newly created post of mental health czar has raised some hackles on Capitol Hill. President Donald Trump recently announced that Elinore “Ellie” F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist whose career has focused on substance abuse and addiction, was his nominee to ser[...]
  • Parents rate telepediatric experience as better than office visits

    on April 24th, 2017
    Three-quarters of parents who have used telemedicine services for their children say the experience was better than an in-person office visit, according to a new study. The analysis, released April 23, 2017, by Nemours Children’s Health System operating in five states, surveyed 500 child caregiver[...]
  • EHR price alert doesn’t reduce lab orders

    on April 22nd, 2017
    FROM SGIM 2017 Displaying Medicare allowable fees in the electronic health record at the time of order entry did not significantly reduce the number of inpatient lab tests at three Philadelphia hospitals. In a study involving 98,529 patients and 142,921 admissions, Medicare payment information poppe[...]
  • ACA brought down veterans’ uninsured rate

    on April 22nd, 2017
    The percentage of uninsured veterans dropped by almost 40% in the first 2 years after the Affordable Care Act’s major coverage provisions were implemented, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute. In 2015, 5.9% of the almost 9.4 million veterans aged 1[...]
  • States consider abortion ‘reversal’ bills

    on April 21st, 2017
    Legislation requiring doctors to tell their patients that a medication abortion can be reversed is cropping up across the country. Already in 2017, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, and North Carolina have introduced versions of the so-called abortion reversal legislation. In March, Utah became the[...]
  • Culture change key in adopting an oncology alternative payment model

    on April 20th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS AT ACP INTERNAL MEDICINE SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – If you consider participating in an alternative payment model for your practice, expect to devote a lot of time to work flow changes, according to Blase N. Polite, MD. “The culture change is one of the hardest things p[...]
  • If you ask me …

    on April 19th, 2017
    In a feature article in Pediatric News entitled “What do doctors want from health reform,” Alicia Gallegos reports on the results of a recent online Frontline Medical News poll of 390 physicians who were asked what one thing about the ACA they would change. The answers were scattered, but “Sta[...]
  • Don’t forget HIPAA

    on April 18th, 2017
    In the struggle to understand and comply with new regulations, it’s easy to neglect older ones. Recently, I suggested reviewing your practice for potential Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations, which can be far more costly than anything MACRA has in store. The same goes for HIP[...]
  • Malpractice: Paid claims down, but average payment up

    on April 18th, 2017
    FROM JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE The rate of paid legal claims against physicians dropped by more than half between 1992 and 2014, but the average claim payment amount rose, according to an analysis of the National Practitioner Data Bank. Adam C. Schaffer, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, a[...]
  • 50 years of pediatric residency: What has changed?

    on April 18th, 2017
    When Eileen Ouellette, MD, graduated from Boston’s Harvard Medical School in 1962, she was one of seven women in her class of 141 students. She went on to become one of only three women in pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital later that year. Free room and board was included in th[...]
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