While advance medical directives can be a benefit to patients, families, and healthcare costs, misinterpretation of these documents by clinicians is common, says a prominent emergency medicine physician, and can lead to irreversible medical errors. >>>
The impact of proposed changes to Medicare's Inpatient Prospective Payment System in 2015 will vary from hospital to hospital, but federal officials predict providers will take a $241 million payment hit next year. >>>
Outdated laws and other obstacles have prevented providers from being able to use telemedicine to reach patients to its full potential, but with healthcare reform in full swing, those barriers are slowly disappearing. >>>
Once the stuff of health policy journals, hospital rankings based on public data are easily accessible to providers, payers, and patients. Therein lies the problem. >>>
ICD-9, envisioned in 1975 and oblivious to all that has occurred in the ensuing 39 years of medicine, needs to go. Everyone in healthcare knows it. >>>
Having already picked most of the low-hanging fruit, provider organizations are looking for—and finding—new ways to spend less on materials. >>>
Under the proposed prospective payment scheme, Medicare will pay Federally Qualified Health Centers a single encounter rate per beneficiary per day for all services provided, with some exceptions. >>>
The contemporary primary care practice is at the crossroads of healthcare reform efforts. As the focus of reform shifts to prevention, care of chronic illness, and population health, the primary care physician will play a pivotal role. >>>
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