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Health Care Costs in the US: Are Physician Salaries Really the Problem?

Health Care Costs in the US: Are Physician Salaries Really the Problem?

Decreasing physicians' salaries will not improve the cost of health care in the United States, but it may discourage individuals from entering the healthcare field.

Increases in Health Care Spending Related to Increases in Service Price, Intensity

Increases in Health Care Spending Related to Increases in Service Price, Intensity

Researchers found an increase in healthcare spending in association with increases in US population size and an increase in association with aging of the population.

Many Industry Payments to Dermatology Guideline Authors Not Fully Disclosed

Many Industry Payments to Dermatology Guideline Authors Not Fully Disclosed

The investigators found that 22 of the 40 authors who received payments did not accurately disclose their industry relationships.

Should You Hire a Practice Manager for Your Office?

Should You Hire a Practice Manager for Your Office?

Hiring a manager to assist with handling the responsibilities of running a medical practice can be beneficial, but there are a few factors to consider before deciding to do so.

Medicaid's Best-Price Rule May Not Be Such a Big Problem

Medicaid's Best-Price Rule May Not Be Such a Big Problem

Researchers note that the best-price rule may be an impediment to some novel pricing arrangements in the private sector, but there are ways to avoid or mitigate its impact.

Physician Income Trends Are Flat or Declining

Physician Income Trends Are Flat or Declining

Physician career coaches have observed a downward trend for physicians' incomes.

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

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

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

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

Benefits Associated With Healthcare Systems Run by Clinicians

Benefits Associated With Healthcare Systems Run by Clinicians

In order assist physicians considering joining a physician-led integrated health system, a guide has been created.

Patient-Centered Communication: Every Doctor's Moral Imperative

Patient-Centered Communication: Every Doctor's Moral Imperative

One physician shares his insights on how repeated active discussions with patients about distress, treatment options, and goals can both reduce costs and help to identify when aggressive treatment is no longer appropriate.

Differences in Adverse Event Rates Found After Generic Commercialization of 3 Drugs

Differences in Adverse Event Rates Found After Generic Commercialization of 3 Drugs

Immediate or delayed differences in adverse event rates were seen after generic commercialization of 3 antihypertensive drugs.

Proactive Compensation Resolution Programs Do Not Increase Hospital Liability Costs

Proactive Compensation Resolution Programs Do Not Increase Hospital Liability Costs

A communication-and-resolution program, in which hospitals and liability insurers communication with patients when adverse events occur, does not lead to higher liability costs.

How to Prepare Your Medical Practice for MACRA

How to Prepare Your Medical Practice for MACRA

One area to that requires particular attention is investments physicians need to make in their staff.

FDA Drug Market Exclusivity Periods: Time for a Change?

FDA Drug Market Exclusivity Periods: Time for a Change?

Monopoly periods for brand-name prescription drug markets are usually defined by patents and regulatory exclusivity earned at the time of FDA approval.

Medical Practice Embezzlement Warning Signs

Medical Practice Embezzlement Warning Signs

Embezzlement is widespread among medical practices, and knowing the warning signs is helpful for preventing it.

Can SNAP Participation Be Used to Decrease Healthcare Spending?

Can SNAP Participation Be Used to Decrease Healthcare Spending?

For low-income adults, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is associated with a reduction in health care expenditures.

Insurers Can Reduce Provider Prices in Highly Concentrated Provider Markets

Insurers Can Reduce Provider Prices in Highly Concentrated Provider Markets

In highly concentrated markets, hospital admission, cardiologist, radiologist, and oncologist visit prices were lower.

Are Mental Health Patients Worse Off in ACA Marketplace?

Are Mental Health Patients Worse Off in ACA Marketplace?

Networks in mental health are generally narrower than in primary care, with plan networks including 11.3% of mental healthy providers practicing in a given state-level market.

Significant Financial Conflicts of Interest With MD Tweets Mentioning Drugs

Significant Financial Conflicts of Interest With MD Tweets Mentioning Drugs

Most physicians on Twitter with a financial conflict of interest and frequent tweets mention specific drugs for which they have a conflict with.

Do Standard Medical Financial Disclosure Forms Reveal Enough?

Do Standard Medical Financial Disclosure Forms Reveal Enough?

FCOI disclosure forms tailored to the content of the clinical practice guidelines with narrow, detailed questions, provided more complete FCOI declarations.

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