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News in brief
- » Medical practice managers seek EHR penalty moratorium in 2015
- » New online portal for residents focuses on safety, quality care
- » Hospital-based doctors likely to get modest pay hikes in 2014
- » American Enterprise Institute describes how it would fix ACOs
- » Survey: EHRs boost quality but don’t cut costs
- » Drug compounding company issues sterile products recall
- » Medicare fraud bill submitted again in House
- » Insurance exchange navigators get grants to sign up uninsured
- » Health IT identifies high-risk patients to cut readmissions
- » HHS health IT chief to step down
- » More hospitals sharing electronic health data than in 2008
- » Government shutdown wouldn’t affect ACA
- » Appellate court blocks ban on supersized sodas
- » Doctors sometimes overprescribe strongest antibiotics
- » Advanced practice nurses want in on insurance exchange plans
- » Electronic health tool aims to improve personalized care
- » Given a choice, most employees pick least costly health plan
- » Health care-associated infections cost $45 billion annually
- » HPV vaccine coverage remains low in girls
- » CMS places 6-month home health moratorium on Chicago, Miami
- » Doctors outline their role in containing health costs
- » Medical studies often overturn standards of care
- » Illicit drug use rising among pregnant women
- » House panel approves HIV organ donor research bill
- » Sunshine Act phone app available for physicians
- » Majority of parents don’t know lifetime CT scan cancer risks
- » E-cigarette smokers are younger and more motivated to quit
- » FDA takes action against fake pharmacies
- » House bill would raise some Medicare patient fees
- » Insurance exchanges a strong draw for health plans
- » Projected impact of ACA employer mandate delay is small
- » 4.3 million opioid prescriptions go to “doctor shoppers”
- » Southern and black seniors less healthy than others their age
- » Medicare delays face-to-face rule for ordering DME
- » Guidance to assist doctors who treat infectious diseases
Policing medical practice employees after work
■ Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it.
How to get tax breaks for your medical practice
■ Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them.
- ?Column: Collaboration can save medical practices time, money and effort - Aug. 12
Interactive graphic: What free screenings does the ACA require?
■ Starting in 2014, certain publicly and privately insured patients will be able to receive approved preventive services at no additional out-of-pocket cost. Services given a grade of A (substantial net benefit) or B (moderate-to-substantial net benefit) by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force will be covered for free for patients meeting gender, age and risk factor prerequisites. Use this tool to determine your patient's free preventive services.
Slide show: Peer support helps prevent diabetes
■ The YMCA’s diabetes prevention program teaches patients healthier eating and exercise habits to shed pounds. A big part of the learning process comes from sharing the experience with other program participants.
Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future
■ Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment.
Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk
■ When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks?
Doctor pay: Calculate your business case for Medicare and Medicaid
■ A cost-benefit analysis of public insurance programs helps physicians determine whether participation will pay dividends.
Physicians find solutions in the face of disaster
■ Although such events are tragic, they move medicine forward by providing physicians critical lessons in emergency preparedness and response, medical experts say.