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Medicare Cuts May Cause the End of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

Medicare Cuts May Cause the End of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

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Congressional cuts to Medicaid have made it increasingly difficult for patient-centered medical homes to operate.

Ethical Conflicts Between Patient and Physician Are Common in Futility Care

Ethical Conflicts Between Patient and Physician Are Common in Futility Care

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Some physicians "may invoke futility to unilaterally withhold treatment when the treatments 'prolong the dying process'" at the bedside.

Thinking About Buying a Practice? Here's What You Need to Know

Thinking About Buying a Practice? Here's What You Need to Know

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Physicians must remember that they will be a business owner in addition to being a health care provider.

A Closer Look at Addressing HIPAA Security Risks

A Closer Look at Addressing HIPAA Security Risks

Health care providers do not necessarily have to meet every HIPAA standard.

Changing Healthcare Dynamics Calls for New Practice Options

Changing Healthcare Dynamics Calls for New Practice Options

Partnering with an organization is a practice option that may provide many multifaceted benefits.

Evaluating Practice Options in Today's Healthcare Environment

Evaluating Practice Options in Today's Healthcare Environment

Thriving in this new healthcare environment demands both significant capital investment and the ability to navigate increasingly complex reporting requirements and financial arrangements.

The Five Things Every Physician Needs to Know About MACRA

The Five Things Every Physician Needs to Know About MACRA

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Five potentially pivotal issues physicians should understand about MACRA.

Tips on Preventing Medical Billing Errors

Tips on Preventing Medical Billing Errors

Up to 80% of all medical bills contain mistakes; follow these best practices to avoid billing errors.

Growing Your Physician Practice by Managing Referrals and Payers

Growing Your Physician Practice by Managing Referrals and Payers

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Tracking and nurturing your referral resources, reaching out to referring physicians, and referring patients covered by a broad spectrum of payers are just a few of the ways you can grow your practice.

Boost Your Income by Negotiating Payer Contracts

Boost Your Income by Negotiating Payer Contracts

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Familiarity with current contracts and knowing how to negotiate better ones can be crucial to boosting your income.

Concierge Medicine: Just the Ticket for Many Patients and Doctors

Concierge Medicine: Just the Ticket for Many Patients and Doctors

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In a medical marketplace that is increasingly dominated by consumerism, concierge medicine gives many patients an attractive alternative to accessing health services.

Number of Physicians Since 2010 Census Rising

Number of Physicians Since 2010 Census Rising

Census reports have demonstrated an increase in the number of physicians and in the actively licensed US physicians-to-population ratio.

Average Physician Salary Increase of 2.6% in 2016

Average Physician Salary Increase of 2.6% in 2016

Approximately 77% of physician specialties experienced increases in compensation in 2016, with an overall weighted average increase of 2.9%.

Some Say Patient Care Harmed by Ordering Routine Blood Tests

Some Say Patient Care Harmed by Ordering Routine Blood Tests

Authors of this opinion piece say that unnecessary lab tests contribute to rising costs and can damage patient care.

Primary Care Services Expanding in Retail Medical Sites

Primary Care Services Expanding in Retail Medical Sites

CVS and Walmart have established primary care clinics, with nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Extensive Ties Between Patient-Advocacy Organizations and Industry Suggest Potential Conflicts of Interest

Extensive Ties Between Patient-Advocacy Organizations and Industry Suggest Potential Conflicts of Interest

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Approximately 83% of patient-advocacy organizations reported that they received financial support from drug, device, and technology companies.

Financial Benefits Associated with Risk Adjustments and Reinsurance Transfers

Financial Benefits Associated with Risk Adjustments and Reinsurance Transfers

Revenues exceeded claims costs after the implementation of these programs.

Physicians Should Be Cautious of HIPAA Violations During Online Reviews

Physicians Should Be Cautious of HIPAA Violations During Online Reviews

Physicians should keep their replies to patient online reviews short and simple.

ACP Addresses Impact of Administrative Tasks on Physicians

ACP Addresses Impact of Administrative Tasks on Physicians

The American College of Physicians details policy recommendations to reduce administrative burden.

Cost Estimates Offered by Most Health Care Providers

Cost Estimates Offered by Most Health Care Providers

Although 75% of provider organizations can offer estimate, only 25% of patients request one.

Providers Fined for Faulty Business Associate Agreements

Providers Fined for Faulty Business Associate Agreements

HHS fined providers for not having or using an outdated business associate agreement.

Providing Price Information Has Varying Effects for Type of Clinician

Providing Price Information Has Varying Effects for Type of Clinician

There was no difference in the rate at which orders were placed across study arms for pediatric-focused clinicians.

Higher Tobacco Control May Save Lives and Generate More Income

Higher Tobacco Control May Save Lives and Generate More Income

Higher prices and taxes would deter smoking and generate income, WHO and others say.

How To Protect Your Medical Practice From Cyber Hacking

How To Protect Your Medical Practice From Cyber Hacking

Medical practices can take a number of steps to ensure more security of their computer data.

Quality of Patient Care Associated with Human Resource Capabilities

Quality of Patient Care Associated with Human Resource Capabilities

Three human resource practices were identified that can improve clinical work behaviors.

Majority of Health Professions View Insurance as Solution for Obesity

Majority of Health Professions View Insurance as Solution for Obesity

Approximately 57% of health professionals perceive improved coverage as a solution to improve outcomes in obese patients.

Similar Rates in Employer-Sponsored Insurance Observed in 2013 and 2014

Similar Rates in Employer-Sponsored Insurance Observed in 2013 and 2014

This report shows that only 3.5% of employers dropped coverage and 1.1% added coverage from 2013 to 2014.

Absenteeism Associated With Chronic Diseases Have Significant Costs

Absenteeism Associated With Chronic Diseases Have Significant Costs

This study shows that considerable costs are associated with smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, hypertension and diabetes among employees.

Significant Economic Burden Associated With Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Significant Economic Burden Associated With Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

The economic burden from vaccine-preventable diseases was estimated at about $9 billion in 2015 for adults aged 19 years and older.

Efforts to Improve Quality of Outpatient Care in America Have Little Effect

Efforts to Improve Quality of Outpatient Care in America Have Little Effect

A large analysis finds declines or stagnation in many basic health measures in the United States.

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