Practice Economics

  • When the iPad is on the other foot

    on February 23rd, 2017
    Sometimes patients take a few notes when I talk, but Niles was different. As I started to spout words of wisdom about his granuloma annulare, he whipped out a tablet and started to type. “How do you spell that again?” he wanted to know. I spelled it out, and Niles tapped away. I launched into [&[...]
  • CMS to alerts docs of their MIPS status soon

    on February 22nd, 2017
    AT HIMSS 2017 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Want to know if you can must participate in the new MIPS program? CMS is about to let you know. Physicians who are right around the eligibility threshold for participation in the Quality Payment Program “want to know if they are eligible” for th[...]
  • Pregnancy medical home reduces hospital visits, overall costs

    on February 22nd, 2017
    AT THE PREGNANCY MEETING LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Women and their newborns who received care through a pregnancy medical home model used the emergency department less and had fewer inpatient stays, resulting in significant cost savings to a state health insurance plan. In the single-ce[...]
  • Want better patient engagement? Use social media

    on February 22nd, 2017
    AT HIMSS17 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Looking for a better way to reach your patients and guide them to being more engaged in their own health care? Then expand your social media presence. That was the message Kevin Campbell, MD, a cardiologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel H[...]
  • Appeals court strikes down doctor gun gag law

    on February 21st, 2017
    An appeals court has struck down a Florida law that banned physicians from asking patients about firearms, ruling that the so-called gun gag law violates doctors’ First Amendment rights. The decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals enables Florida physicians to once again query patients [...]
  • CMS spending projections come with a caveat

    on February 17th, 2017
    FROM HEALTH AFFAIRS The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is predicting an average annual growth rate of 5.6% in health care expenditures over the next 10 years – but with a big asterisk. The projections are based on current law and make no assumptions about potential repair, repeal, or[...]
  • Seema Verma dodges questions on how to improve CMS

    on February 16th, 2017
    FROM A SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING If confirmed as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator, Seema Verma vowed to modernize CMS programs, improve Medicaid access, and leverage technology to drive better care, but she stopped short of explaining how she would do so during her c[...]
  • Quality group endorses new contraception measures

    on February 16th, 2017
    The National Quality Forum has endorsed – for the first time – a set of quality measures related to the prescribing of contraception. The three new measures are intended to help reduce unintended pregnancies by ensuring that women aged 15-44 years are offered effective birth control options. “[...]
  • CMS proposal seeks to stabilize individual insurance market

    on February 15th, 2017
    Proposed regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services aim to provide short-term stabilization to the individual and small group insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act. The proposal issued Feb. 15 would make changes to special enrollment periods, open enrollment, guarant[...]
  • Malpractice 2017: Do we need reform?

    on February 15th, 2017
    Data show that malpractice claims have decreased twofold and insurance premiums are down, but experts say national reforms are still needed to repair a broken liability system. Malpractice reforms long espoused by Thomas E. Price, MD, Health & Human Services secretary, are fostering debate on wh[...]
  • MedPAC leaning toward hybrid for paying for Part B drugs

    on February 14th, 2017
    AT A MEDPAC MEETING WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is putting the finishing touches on a recommendation for a hybrid approach to reforming how Medicare pays doctors for drugs administered in the office. If adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Me[...]
  • Why can’t my patient have that miracle drug?

    on February 14th, 2017
    Modern medicine is truly blessed. Dermatology is no exception. With the development of more precise medications, our patients with severe psoriasis and atopic dermatitis no longer have to suffer in misery and social isolation. There is new hope for patients with metastatic melanoma. I recently watch[...]
  • Small-practice telemedicine waits on higher, more consistent reimbursement

    on February 13th, 2017
    We get paid to see patients. So what happens when patients aren’t in the room? This is a big and growing issue in medicine. I do hospital call on weekends, and occasionally have a long meeting with families. In some cases, this involves a large group in a conference room. These meetings can take q[...]
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