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Growth in Healthcare Employment Has Led to Rise in Healthcare Costs

Growth in Healthcare Employment Has Led to Rise in Healthcare Costs

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In an era in which technology constantly evolves and becomes smarter by the day, it's not surprising that healthcare costs continue to climb.

Rates of Major Depression Up Among US Insured, Especially Youth

Rates of Major Depression Up Among US Insured, Especially Youth

Diagnoses of major depression have increased since 2013, particularly among adolescents and millennials.

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.

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.

Nonoptimized Drug Therapy Costs More Than $500 Billion Annually

Nonoptimized Drug Therapy Costs More Than $500 Billion Annually

The estimated annual cost of prescription drug-related morbidity and mortality resulting from nonoptimized medication therapy was $528.4 billion in 2016.

Prior Authorizations and Clinical Outcomes: Repercussions for Patient Health

Prior Authorizations and Clinical Outcomes: Repercussions for Patient Health

Physicians report an increase in the burden of prior authorization over the last 5 years.

Drug Copayments Elevated Relative to Cost of Prescription Drugs

Drug Copayments Elevated Relative to Cost of Prescription Drugs

Overpayment rates above 33% were reported for 12 of the 20 most commonly prescribed drugs.

Healthcare Spending in the United States vs Other High-Income Countries

Healthcare Spending in the United States vs Other High-Income Countries

US spending data was compared with that of 10 other high-income countries.

Examining the Gender Pay Gap: Diagnosing Medicine's Gender Biases

Examining the Gender Pay Gap: Diagnosing Medicine's Gender Biases

Throughout medicine and the biomedical sciences, women continue to receive lower salaries and less funding, have fewer publications and first author publications, and are promoted at slower and lower rates.

Price Markup Associated With Outpatient Oncology Services Examined

Price Markup Associated With Outpatient Oncology Services Examined

Inflated medical costs may affect patients' treatment decisions as out-of-pocket costs increase.

High-Deductible Health Plans Linked to Lower Health Care Utilization

High-Deductible Health Plans Linked to Lower Health Care Utilization

Emergency department visits declined by 14% among study participants were switched to a high-deductible health plan.

340B Drug Pricing Program Participation May Increase Physician-Hospital Consolidation

340B Drug Pricing Program Participation May Increase Physician-Hospital Consolidation

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Participation in the 340B Drug Pricing Program has been associated with hospital-physician consolidation particularly among hematologist-oncologists.

Male Physicians Receive Higher Payments From Biomedical Industry vs Female Physicians

Male Physicians Receive Higher Payments From Biomedical Industry vs Female Physicians

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Men received a greater number and higher value of general payments than women physicians.

US Healthcare Spending Growth Slowed in 2016

US Healthcare Spending Growth Slowed in 2016

The slowdown in Medicaid and private health insurance spending growth in 2016 was driven by enrollment trends, while Medicare spending was influenced by slower per enrollee spending growth.

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

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

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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.

Financial Incentives Increase Smoking Cessation Rate at Urban Hospital

Financial Incentives Increase Smoking Cessation Rate at Urban Hospital

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The effect of providing financial incentives and patient guidance on smoking cessation was examined in a prospective trial of daily smokers.

Diagnostic Coding Practices Encourage Better Documentation Without Improving Quality of Care

Diagnostic Coding Practices Encourage Better Documentation Without Improving Quality of Care

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Medical diagnoses listed in claims have become increasingly important as risk-based payment systems have begun to use these codes to adjust payments made to health plans and providers.

Many Industry Payments to Dermatology Guideline Authors Not Fully Disclosed

Many Industry Payments to Dermatology Guideline Authors Not Fully Disclosed

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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?

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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.

Gifts From Pharmaceutical Companies Influence Prescribing Habits Across Multiple Specialties

Gifts From Pharmaceutical Companies Influence Prescribing Habits Across Multiple Specialties

According to a new study, receipt of gifts from pharmaceutical companies is associated with more prescriptions per patient and more costly prescriptions.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Medical Tourism Requires Standardized Definition to Assess Full Impact

Medical Tourism Requires Standardized Definition to Assess Full Impact

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The 2016 Global Healthcare Policy and Management Forum discussed the regulation of medical tourism and the gaps that exist in available data.

Do Standard Medical Financial Disclosure Forms Reveal Enough?

Do Standard Medical Financial Disclosure Forms Reveal Enough?

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

Rising Number of Medical Students Graduating Debt-Free: What Does It Mean?

Rising Number of Medical Students Graduating Debt-Free: What Does It Mean?

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An increasing number of specialty-specific graduates have no debt and accept less scholarship funding, suggesting there is a high concentration of wealthy medical students.

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