Although board certification was once a lifelong credential, obligations mount for physicians to maintain their certifications throughout their careers. And according to a recent article from Kaiser Health News, many physicians consider emerging recertification requirements to be not just onerous, but worthless in terms of improving the way they practice medicine
Almost a year ago, I wrote about key ways to prepare your office for healthcare reform, including steps to ready your practice for a predicted influx of new patients. Reality brought some surprises in that arena, however, and more.
New patient visits actually declined slightly in the first five months of the Affordable Care Act, according to a report from AthenaHealth. While the report did not identify the reasons behind the trend, researchers from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AthenaHealth hypothesized that it may still be too soon to see a rise in ACA-related patient volume. "It may take a while to address the practical and cultural aspects of establishing new relationships with physicians," Josh Gray, vice president of athenaResearch, told Medical Economics. "Keep in mind that enrollment in the exchanges was very back-loaded. There was a huge rush at the end. That could be a factor."
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Physician groups across the country denounced last week's court ruling upholding a Florida law that discourages doctors from asking patients about gun ownership "when doing so would be irrelevant to patients' medical care."
Standardized rules surrounding the amount of painkillers physicians may prescribe for specific surgeries and conditions is a critical factor in addressing the deadly epidemic of painkiller abuse, and a new task force in Massachusetts will work toward that change and more, the Boston Herald reported.
Despite the growing emphasis on healthcare quality in the era of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare consumers define healthcare quality in ways not defined by current industry-supported quality metrics.
As the role of telemedicine expands, not all doctors believe that the movement is good for their relationships with patients. But doctors can meet a lot of healthcare needs without an in-person visit--as long as a physician has the patient's medical history, Joseph Scherger, vice president for primary care and academic affairs at Eisenhower Medical Center in California, told Medscape.
A Philadelphia psychiatrist who returned fire on a mentally ill patient in his office last week "without a doubt saved lives," stated Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux in a press conference following the incident, as reported by the Delaware County Daily Times.
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Almost 14 percent of the American adult population remains uninsured since open enrollment closed three months ago, according to the Health Reform Monitoring Survey from the Urban Institute. The survey parsed out various characteristics of the remaining uninsured, which can help insurers target their outreach and education efforts as they focus on the 2015 enrollment period.
Personal information for more than 100,000 employees of several federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--was obtained illegally by an alleged British hacker, indicted late last week by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, among a bevy of charges.