Costs

Unnecessary Health Spending Tied to Low-Cost, High-Volume Health Services

Unnecessary Health Spending Tied to Low-Cost, High-Volume Health Services

Costs associated with low-cost, low-value health services nearly twice as high as high-cost services

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.

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.

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.

Where to Cut Costs to Increase Boost Bottom Line

Where to Cut Costs to Increase Boost Bottom Line

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Better inventory control, group purchasing, and used medical equipment are all ways to cut down medical office costs.

Assessing Accountable Care Organization Cost Savings

Assessing Accountable Care Organization Cost Savings

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With continued evaluation and adaptation, ACOs promise to provide sustainable reform of healthcare costs and management for the future.

Higher Inpatient Spending Linked to Better Outcomes

Higher Inpatient Spending Linked to Better Outcomes

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.

Health Care Spending Per State Stabilized From 1991 to 2014

Health Care Spending Per State Stabilized From 1991 to 2014

Recession and recovery, as well as implementation of health reform impacted health care coverage.

Medicare Costs Soar With Pre-Admission Functional Impairments

Medicare Costs Soar With Pre-Admission Functional Impairments

There was an increase in mean Medicare costs after discharge that were linked to severity of pre-admission impairment.

Refill Synchronization Model Improves Medication Adherence in Patients

Refill Synchronization Model Improves Medication Adherence in Patients

Improvement in medication-taking behavior have resulted in cost savings over one year for HTN, DM and hyperlipidemia.

Patients Frequently Overcharged by US Emergency Departments

Patients Frequently Overcharged by US Emergency Departments

Minorities and uninsured are the most affected, researchers say.

Significant Amount of ER Physicians Unaware of Treatment Costs

Significant Amount of ER Physicians Unaware of Treatment Costs

Education concerning cost could improve efficiency and decrease costs, researchers say.

Higher Premiums and the Affordable Care Act — Why the ACA Isn't to Blame

Higher Premiums and the Affordable Care Act — Why the ACA Isn't to Blame

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Republicans have capitalized on the misunderstood concept that the ACA is responsible for their health premiums going up and misleading voters to turn them against the ACA.

Reducing Health Care Costs With New Nine-Step Plan

Reducing Health Care Costs With New Nine-Step Plan

This nine-point plan includes streamlining in billing, reduction in high facility fees and reducing drug costs.

High-Price Practices Associated With Certain Measures of Care Coordination

High-Price Practices Associated With Certain Measures of Care Coordination

There were no differences in overall care ratings, receipt of preventive services and acute care use.

No Increase in State Spending with ACA Medicaid Expansions

No Increase in State Spending with ACA Medicaid Expansions

State budget projections were accurate for federal, state, and Medicaid spending.

Cost of Care Increases When Specialists Serve as Primary Health Provider

Cost of Care Increases When Specialists Serve as Primary Health Provider

For older adults with multimorbidity, having a specialist as their primary caregiver was linked to a lower continuity of care.

Private Practices With More High-Needs Patients Spend Less

Private Practices With More High-Needs Patients Spend Less

Small practices with one or two physicians have lower overall spending than large practices.

Economic Benefits for Prediabetic Patients with Lifestyle Modifications

Economic Benefits for Prediabetic Patients with Lifestyle Modifications

The three-year return on investments for the prevention program was estimated to be as high as 42%.

Healthy Food Consumption Increases with Lowering Costs

Healthy Food Consumption Increases with Lowering Costs

Raising the cost of unhealthy foods significantly reduces their intake.

Significant Economic Burden Caused by Skin Diseases

Significant Economic Burden Caused by Skin Diseases

In the United States, dermatological conditions cost $75 billion in 2013, researchers say.

High Adherence to Brochiolitis Guidelines Lowers Costs and LOS

High Adherence to Brochiolitis Guidelines Lowers Costs and LOS

A high adherence to bronchiolitis clinical pathway recommendations is linked to shorter LOS and lower costs.

Global Economy Heavily Burdened by Smoking

Global Economy Heavily Burdened by Smoking

Tobacco-related diseases caused 12% of deaths among smokers aged 30 to 69 in 2012.

High Health Care Deductibles Burden Many Families

High Health Care Deductibles Burden Many Families

Studies suggest that significant out-of-pocket costs may harm low-income and chronically ill patients.

Outcomes-Based Pricing Suggested for Expensive, Novel Drugs

Outcomes-Based Pricing Suggested for Expensive, Novel Drugs

Strategy would encourage manufacturers and insurers to share accountability for clinical outcomes

Stepped Care Cost-Effective in Cancer Treatment

Stepped Care Cost-Effective in Cancer Treatment

The mean costs was lower and the mean number of quality-adjusted life-years was higher in the intervention group.

Soaring Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare-Only Cancer Patients

Soaring Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare-Only Cancer Patients

Without supplemental insurance, out-of-pocket costs average 25% of their annual earnings.

Significant Financial Burden Associated with Increase Costs of CLL Treatment

Significant Financial Burden Associated with Increase Costs of CLL Treatment

The number of patients living with CLL is projected to increase 55% by 2025 and costs are set to rise 590%.

Health Care Cost Rising Significantly for Privately Insured Americans

Health Care Cost Rising Significantly for Privately Insured Americans

Prescription drugs are the fastest growing expense, report shows.

Major Unexpected Costs After In-Network ED Visits

Major Unexpected Costs After In-Network ED Visits

Although a hospital may be in an insurance network, the treating physician may not be.

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