Feds Propose Emergency Prep Rules But at What Cost?
The federal government’s proposed emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and 16 other healthcare providers and suppliers closely follow those of the Joint Commission, but questions remain about the costs to comply with the guidelines. ...Read More
Medicine and nutrition: delicious together
From an early age, Timothy Harlan knew that cooking was his calling. At age 11, the Atlanta native started washing dishes in a restaurant.
|New ACO Targets Cost Curve, Quality|
Ochsner Health System, Ochsner Physician Partners and UnitedHealthcare of Louisiana have launched a new accountable care organization the partners hope will eventually achieve healthcare’s Holy Grail: bending the cost curve.
|Feds Propose Emergency Prep Rules But at What Cost?|
The federal government’s proposed emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and 16 other healthcare providers and suppliers closely follow those of the Joint Commission, but questions remain about the costs to comply with the guidelines.
|Teaming Up to Turn the Tide on Pancreatic Cancer|
Deadly and defiant, pancreatic cancer was one of the major oncologic threats Congress hoped to address with passage of the “Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act,” which was signed into law at the beginning of 2013.
|PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Laura Lazarus|
When it comes to an adventure, Dr. Laura Lazarus reaches new heights. After her sister treated her to a trapeze lesson, she took up the flying version.
|Top Provider Billing Mistakes Are Changing|
Rapidly advancing fields such as molecular diagnostics pose some of the newest challenges for providers, who must bill with precision or risk losing reimbursements. Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:57 am CDT
|Hospitals Seeking Physician Alignment|
Healthcare leaders face challenges on multiple fronts as they try to redefine physician-hospital alignment for a value-based system that is just taking shape. Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:54 am CDT
|What we've learned from four years of diving into dollars for docs|
On Tuesday, the federal government is expected to release details of payments to doctors by every pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in the country. The information is being made public under a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law mandates disclosure of payments to doctors, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists and optometrists for things like promotional speaking, consulting, meals, educational items and research. It's not quite clear what the data will show — in part because the first batch will be incomplete, covering spending for only a few months at the end of 2013 — but we at ProPublica have some good guesses. That's because we have been detailing relationships between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry for the past four years as part of our Dollars for Docs project. Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:44 am CDT
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|Medical Practice Sales: 8 Legal and Financial Issues|
There are many legal and financial issues beyond the mechanics of the sale transaction that planners must address with medical practice owners and executives. Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 pm CDT
|Implementing a Do-it-Yourself EHR: 5 Tips|
Can't decide between myriad EHR vendors in your quest to meet meaningful use? Here are five tips for a DIY approach based on one practice's experience. Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:00 am CDT
|Three Ways to Keep Physician Candidates Interested|
Don't stop your physician search too early. It's critical to keep back-up physicians interested while you wait to see if your first choice pans out. Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:00 am CDT
|Government set to reveal pharma payments to doctors|
Payments and gifts to doctors that could present conflicts of interest are about to be made public as part of a government database ordered by the Affordable Care Act. The "Sunshine Act" website will reveal payments of more than $10 from drug and... Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:06 am CDT
|Study: Cancer costs 'skyrocketed' despite drug cuts|
The cost of treating cancer has "skyrocketed" despite a 2003 law that sought to control Medicare drug costs, including the cost of chemotherapy, according to a new study. Research published Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that... Posted Monday, September 29, 2014 3:13 pm CDT
|Pediatricians back IUDs for teen birth control|
A major pediatricians group is recommending that teens use long-acting contraceptives such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) ahead of other forms of birth control. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made the recommendation in new clinical... Posted Monday, September 29, 2014 2:44 pm CDT