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With continued evaluation and adaptation, ACOs promise to provide sustainable reform of healthcare costs and management for the future.
Doctors describe swimming against tide of patient expectations, Rx culture, and organizational constraints.
Investing more in inpatient care relative to longer-term nursing facilities may help reduce mortality rates, while downstream spending at skilled nursing facilities found to be a strong predictor of mortality.
Patients that are enrolled in Medicaid rate their overall health care at 7.9, on average, on a scale of 1 to 10.
The losses in coverage concentrated among younger adults and people buying their own health insurance policies.
The use of health services was largely unchanged, but expenditures of medical services increased in almost every category assessed.
The profession of medicine — and the delivery of health care in this country — should be free of the same kind of chicanery used to move goods on the open market.
The study noted a price change of -31.7% for quadropoly and 47.4% for monopoly.
Among the respondents who said their medication costs were a burden, 49% had not talked to their doctors about the issue.
There was an 'extraordinary reduction' seen among middle-aged adults after enactment of the health care law.
There were more racial disparity, versus traditional Medicare, for hospital readmissions for 6 major surgeries.
Most payer reimbursement decision-makers indicated that their organization would reimburse this model.
Recession and recovery, as well as implementation of health reform impacted health care coverage.
There was an increase in mean Medicare costs after discharge that were linked to severity of pre-admission impairment.
Former pharma reps are educating doctors about costs of medications and encouraging the use of generic drugs.
"Certain states and employers relied heavily on the H-1B program, whereas others seldom, if at all, used it."
At the annual meeting, the physicians' group adopted new policies on drug pricing to protect patients.
A major complaint in healthcare systems is the number of rules that have no beneficial outcomes.
Reforms include limiting noneconomic damages for intangibles and stronger expert witness standards.