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  • Lawmakers at odds over plans for ACA replacement, Medicaid

    House Republicans say their outline for replacing the Affordable Care Act would mean "more choices, lower costs and greater control" over care, while Democrats say it's inadequate. The framework includes giving states a fixed sum per Medicaid beneficiary, doing away with the individual mandate and using tax credits as an incentive for purchasing coverage, and allowing states to create high-risk pools for those with pre-existing conditions. CBS News (2/20) Learn More

  • Surgeons' attitude linked with complication rate, study finds

    Patients whose surgeons had a high complaint rate regarding their attitude or personality had 13.9% more post-surgery complications than patients whose surgeons were viewed as more respectful, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery. Complications included surgical-site infections, pneumonia, sepsis and other adverse events, and the study's authors suggest that patient safety and malpractice prevention efforts "focus on surgeons' ability to communicate respectfully and effectively with patients and other medical professionals." Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (2/16) Learn More

  • Study: Back surgery safer for patients with private coverage

    Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (2/20) Learn More

  • Why more physicians are seeking MBA degrees

    More physicians are returning to school to get an MBA as their profession demands more from them in areas such as analytics and digital health records. Duke University's Kevin Schulman says MBAs can help physicians innovate in health care and improve both safety and efficiency. Marketplace (2/15) Learn More

  • Study shows PCP participation in medical homes

    Survey data from 2013 showed 18% of office-based primary care physicians were in practices that were certified patient-centered medical homes. The study in the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics Reports showed the number of primary care physicians in PCMHs increased along with practice size, and that PCMH practices were better able to provide 24/7 access to patient medical records, participate in quality improvement programs and coordinate patient care than non-PCMH practice. Medscape (free registration) (2/17) Learn More

  • Data show physicians billed $35M for advance care planning

    Kaiser Health News (2/15) Learn More

  • Ensuring patient safety with electronic engagement

    The proper steps will ensure patient safety online for practices that are increasingly offering access to physicians via the internet, according to David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at CynergisTek. Holtzman said every person logging into the system must have their own ID, firewalls and databases should constantly be monitored and updated, and practices should have strict policies or penalties for employees who access records without permission. Diagnostic Imaging (2/20) Learn More

  • IBM expands Watson's footprint into primary care

    IBM will use Watson to assist primary care providers in six New York counties to integrate primary, acute and behavioral data to form a more complete patient picture. Massachusetts-based Atrius Health is integrating IBM's cognitive computing tools into its electronic health records system for primary care practitioners. ZDNet (2/20) Learn More

  • Medicare cardiac care bundled payments to launch on time

    HHS postponed until March 21 the effective date of a mandatory pilot program holding hospitals in 98 markets financially accountable for bypass surgery and heart attack treatment outcomes, as well as expanding the bundled-payment rules for hip and knee replacements to include hip and femur fracture repair. The rule does not delay the July 1 launch date but does delay changes to quality scores and a new track of the joint-replacement bundle considered an advanced alternative payment model under MACRA. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (2/16) Learn More

  • Only 25% of patients ask for cost estimate, survey finds

    Survey data showed 75% of provider groups, including physicians, other practitioners and administrators, could produce a cost estimate upon request, but just 25% of patients had asked for one during their last visit. The survey data released by Navicure showed 18% of patients said it took more than three months to pay their last balance, while 51% of the provider group said on average it takes patients more than three months to pay in full. (2/17) Learn More