Former acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Don Berwick, MD, acknowledges healthcare providers have come a long way in the last few decades, but it's "by no means enough." >>>
Almost half of the doctors surveyed by Mayo Clinic researchers acknowledge that they "try not to think about the cost to the healthcare system when making treatment decisions." More than half blame attorneys, health plans, and hospitals for growing costs. >>>
The processing of federally mandated quality measures by electronic health records systems "raises costs and effort for providers without leading to accurate data and is not sustainable," the American Hospital Association asserts. >>>
Many hospitals and health systems have experimented with the ACOs concept by working on small population groups such as their own employees, but they don't have the scale to bring the science and technology to the equation. That's where Medicaid might be an ideal proving ground. >>>
Physicians are drifting away from evidence-based care for back pain patients and are treating them with growing rates of referrals to surgeons and other doctors and orders for "inappropriate" CT or MRI images, a study shows. >>>
"Geographies don't make decisions. Providers and provider organizations do," says a member of the Institute of Medicine. The focus should instead be on incentives designed to hold providers accountable for quality outcomes, an IOM committee urges. >>>
Perhaps it's time for federal regulators to examine themselves, because it certainly appears there's too much oversight that inhibits physicians from doing their jobs, and too little to ensure that they do their jobs right. >>>
The ANA wants health insurance plans to include a minimum number of advanced practice registered nurses in their provider networks in order to qualify for health insurance exchange certification. >>>
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