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Tips on Improving Communication With Older Patients

Tips on Improving Communication With Older Patients

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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

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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."

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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

ACP: Position Paper Recommends Solutions to Close Gender Equity Gap

ACP: Position Paper Recommends Solutions to Close Gender Equity Gap

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While overall gender diversity has improved in the healthcare profession, female physicians are still paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

Why Is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

Why Is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

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As the #MeToo movement has gained strength, reports of sexual harassment at medical schools have mostly remained stagnant.

Under the Microscope: Medicine's #MeToo Moment

Under the Microscope: Medicine's #MeToo Moment

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No single solution to address sexual harassment in medicine exists, but physicians of all genders must come together to make progress.

Talking Politics With Patients

Talking Politics With Patients

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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.

Bully for Us: Confronting Medicine's Bullying Problem

Bully for Us: Confronting Medicine's Bullying Problem

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The culture of bullying — widespread across the medical field — has been linked to poorer patient outcomes. So why can't physicians stop bullying in its tracks?

Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

Changes can be implemented to help reduce physician frustration with electronic health records.

Department of Health and Human Services Resource Improves Patient Health Information Access

Department of Health and Human Services Resource Improves Patient Health Information Access

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The new HSS Resource encourages patients to request — and use — their health record information.

Surgical Outcomes and Social Media Reviews: When a 5-Star Rating Isn't All It Seems

Surgical Outcomes and Social Media Reviews: When a 5-Star Rating Isn't All It Seems

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Customer service is a critical part of every physician's job, but there's a big difference between a Yelp review and a risk-adjusted mortality rate in determining

Hospital Readmission Rates Among Medicare Patients Assessed

Hospital Readmission Rates Among Medicare Patients Assessed

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Current reported measures of 30-day hospital readmissions may not be adequate surrogates for overall hospital quality.

What the CVS-Aetna Merger Means for the Future of Health Care

What the CVS-Aetna Merger Means for the Future of Health Care

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The proposed CVS-Aetna merger is a $70 billion deal that may shape the future of health care for years to come.

Study Estimates Time Spent on Billing, Processing Tasks in Health Care System

Study Estimates Time Spent on Billing, Processing Tasks in Health Care System

Knowledge about specific billing and insurance-related practices may help inform policy decisions.

Cancellation of Mandatory Cardiac Bundled Payments Could Affect Quality of Care

Cancellation of Mandatory Cardiac Bundled Payments Could Affect Quality of Care

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Without testing a bundled payment model across acute care hospitals, it is difficult to gain insight into the design of effective payment programs.

Electronic Health Records: Is It Time to Uncouple Billing and Documentation Requirements?

Electronic Health Records: Is It Time to Uncouple Billing and Documentation Requirements?

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In the age of the EHR, physicians enjoy improved access to patient information and data, but additional regulatory and documentation requirements have impaired how physicians practice medicine.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cost-Effective for Some Adolescents With Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cost-Effective for Some Adolescents With Depression

A brief cognitive behavioral therapy program is cost-effective for adolescents with depression who declined or stopped using antidepressants.

Mammography Screening Rates Increase After Elimination of Cost Sharing

Mammography Screening Rates Increase After Elimination of Cost Sharing

The elimination of cost sharing for screening mammography is associated with increased screening rates.

Dropout Patterns Assessed in Hospitals Using Voluntary Alternative Payment Model

Dropout Patterns Assessed in Hospitals Using Voluntary Alternative Payment Model

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Differences between participants and nonparticipants and the high rate of dropout suggest that voluntary alternative payment models may not improve quality and reduce costs in health care.

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