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HHS fined providers for not having or using an outdated business associate agreement.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

Narrow-Network Plans Have Lower Monthly Premiums Than Larger-Network Plans

Narrow-Network Plans Have Lower Monthly Premiums Than Larger-Network Plans

Study shows that small-network plans have less expensive monthly premiums when compared to larger-network plans.

Hospital Inpatient Drug Spending Increasing More Every Year

Hospital Inpatient Drug Spending Increasing More Every Year

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The increase in hospital drug spending is due to rising drug prices as opposed to an increase in use of the drugs.

Lean Practices Implementation Shown To Cut Wait Times at VA Hospitals

Lean Practices Implementation Shown To Cut Wait Times at VA Hospitals

Implementing lean practices at VA hospitals shown to drop mean patient wait times for elective general surgical procedures and increase operative volumes.

Stable Premiums for Health Care Coverage Seen in 2016

Stable Premiums for Health Care Coverage Seen in 2016

Family premium were 3% higher in 2016, but overall, there were no changes in share of firms offering health benefits.

AMA Launches New Tools to Help Physicians Prepare for MACRA

AMA Launches New Tools to Help Physicians Prepare for MACRA

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With the finalization of MACRA readily approaching, the AMA has unveiled 3 tools to help physicians prepare for it.

Considerable Variation Seen in Medicare Payments for Perioperative Complication Patients

Considerable Variation Seen in Medicare Payments for Perioperative Complication Patients

A large variation in Medicare payments across hospitals for patients rescued from perioperative complications has been reported.

Trend in Physicians Getting Involved in Developing New Payment Models

Trend in Physicians Getting Involved in Developing New Payment Models

The AMA suggests that physicians can take a role in developing new payment models for their practices.

Widespread Use of Telehealth Faces Legal and Provider Obstacles

Widespread Use of Telehealth Faces Legal and Provider Obstacles

This report states that since there is no uniform legal approach to accessing telehealth, the implementation of widespread use of telehealth is limited.

New Capping of Copays Policy Will Raise Premiums and Increase Drug Prices

New Capping of Copays Policy Will Raise Premiums and Increase Drug Prices

This report suggests that capping copays will likely benefit only about 1% of all Americans who take any prescription drug per year.

New Program Developed to Help Transition Primary Care Into Patient-Centered Practice Model

New Program Developed to Help Transition Primary Care Into Patient-Centered Practice Model

This study describes a cognitive task analysis training program that may help transition care into a more patient-centered practice model.

No Change in Quality of Care Since Hospital-Physician Employment Relationship Began

No Change in Quality of Care Since Hospital-Physician Employment Relationship Began

The switch to an employment model of physicians by hospitals is not linked to an improvement in any of the 4 composite quality metrics in patient care.

Health Care Costs Can be Reduced by Using Value-Driven Outcomes Tool

Health Care Costs Can be Reduced by Using Value-Driven Outcomes Tool

This study shows that a multifaceted value-driven outcomes tool can reduce the cost of health care by identifying variability in costs and outcomes.

Electronic Health Records Found to Overwhelm and Increase Physician Burnout Rates

Electronic Health Records Found to Overwhelm and Increase Physician Burnout Rates

This survey finds that physicians who have to use EHRs report higher rates of burnout and job dissatisfaction.

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