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Tips on Improving Communication With Older Patients

Tips on Improving Communication With Older Patients

Communication with older patients can be complicated for several reasons.

Novel Purchasing Strategy Could Cut Medicaid Costs for Hepatitis C Prescriptions

Novel Purchasing Strategy Could Cut Medicaid Costs for Hepatitis C Prescriptions

A new purchasing strategy may dramatically increase access to drugs for HCV infection in the Medicaid program without increasing state and federal costs.

Nonprofit Manufacturer Could Keep Generic Drug Costs Down

Nonprofit Manufacturer Could Keep Generic Drug Costs Down

Project Rx may drive other nonprofit and for-profit manufacturers to enter generic drug markets.

White House Unveils Plan to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs

White House Unveils Plan to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb MD, said, "The FDA shares the goal of ensuring that American patients have access to quality and affordable care that meets their needs."

Direct Primary Care Rivals Fee-for-Service Models in Improving Care Quality and Costs

Direct Primary Care Rivals Fee-for-Service Models in Improving Care Quality and Costs

The direct primary care model is a potential alternative to the traditional fee-for-service payment model.

Making Alternative Payment Plans Mandatory: Inherent Risks and Pitfalls in Reducing Healthcare Costs

Making Alternative Payment Plans Mandatory: Inherent Risks and Pitfalls in Reducing Healthcare Costs

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) program was created by the Affordable Care Act to identify and test new strategies for reimbursement in an effort to reduce growing healthcare costs.

Many Organizations Not Meeting Trial Reporting Requirements

Many Organizations Not Meeting Trial Reporting Requirements

Final Rule compliance date for organizations was April 18, 2017.

Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants Is Complex

Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants Is Complex

Undocumented immigrants are not allowed to obtain Medicaid or Medicare coverage or purchase plans as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Practices Should Be Aware of Correct Way to Fire Employees

Practices Should Be Aware of Correct Way to Fire Employees

One suggestion includes compiling an employee handbook that details practice policies, including a section on termination.

Current Performance Measures Lack Appropriate Validity for Clinical Use

Current Performance Measures Lack Appropriate Validity for Clinical Use

Currently there are 2500 performance measures for US physicians listed by the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse.

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

Although the eConsult system expedites patient access to specialty services, it can lead to increased workload — and subsequent burnout — among physicians.

Medicare Requiring Hospitals to Post Prices Online

Medicare Requiring Hospitals to Post Prices Online

Currently, hospitals must make their prices public, but a new Medicare rule requires that information to be easily accessible online.

Retail Clinics Aim to Improve and Transform Healthcare Access

Retail Clinics Aim to Improve and Transform Healthcare Access

Retail clinics can be more economically feasible for patients when compared with traditional medical clinics.

Patients Prefer Physicians Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Patients Prefer Physicians Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Face-to-face visits with patients resulted in better scores for physician compassion, communication skills, and professionalism.

Talking Politics With Patients

Talking Politics With Patients

Sooner or later, everyone in the healthcare field will have to think about how to approach a politically divisive conversation with a patient.

First Opioid Lawsuit Targeting Pharmacy Benefit Managers

First Opioid Lawsuit Targeting Pharmacy Benefit Managers

A south Texas county included the 3 largest pharmacy benefit managers in a nationwide lawsuit focused on the opioid epidemic

Most Practices Don't Offer Flexibility for Uninsured

Most Practices Don't Offer Flexibility for Uninsured

Approximately 80% of uninsured callers received appointments, provided they can pay the full cash amount.

Recent Years Saw Increase in Burden of Prior Authorization

Recent Years Saw Increase in Burden of Prior Authorization

Eighty-six percent of physicians reported that prior authorization burdens increased over the past 5 years.

Improved Care Efficiency Requires a More Manageable System

Improved Care Efficiency Requires a More Manageable System

As technologic tools in clinical practice becomes more standard, it is easy for physicians to become burdened.

Does Immunity from Medical Malpractice Lead to Improved Patient Care?

Does Immunity from Medical Malpractice Lead to Improved Patient Care?

Results showed that the average post-SI incidence rate of harmful events at JMH was 13% lower compared to the 2 pre-SI years on record.

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