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Payers, regulators could smooth path to value-based payments

Despite the promise of lower costs and better care that value-based payment systems bring, medical providers need more help transitioning to these alternative payment models, according to a new study conducted by Rand Corp. on behalf of the American Medical Association.

Alzheimer's patients often left in the dark

Giving patients bad news is difficult. And when that bad news happens to be an Alzheimer's diagnosis, it's so challenging that most doctors avoid doing it, according to report released Tuesday by the Alzheimer's Association.

3 tips to maximize the power of practice meetings

Important ingredients that are often missing in meetings, according to a recent post from Harvard Business Review, include leaders' ability to demonstrate empathy and emotional control. These concepts apply to one-on-one interactions, too, as described in a recent post for Physicians Practice.

Why healthcare providers can't back down on SGR repeal

While there is no guarantee it will pass, there is hope that lawmakers' latest proposal to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula will succeed. As with past attempts to do away with the formula, the $210 billion price tag, only $70 billion of which would be offset, is the key hurdle that may prevent Congress from passing the legislation, according to FierceHealthFinance.

Controlling chronic disease: What needs to change?

Although chronic disease represents the leading cause of death in the U.S., 40 percent of all premature death is due to behaviors amenable to change, noted authors of an article published in The American Journal of Medicine.

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