Most states fail on physician quality information for second year

Nearly 90 percent of states received a failing grade for transparency of information on physician quality, according to a new report from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute.

CMS: 257,000 docs will receive Meaningful Use penalties

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed Wednesday that roughly 257,000 Medicare eligible professionals will be hit with a 1 percent penalty to their Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments beginning Jan. 5, 2015, for failing to meet Meaningful Use by Oct. 1, 2014.

Are Teaching Health Centers a better way to train primary care physicians?

If primary care isn't practiced in hospitals, why does future primary care physician training take place in them? That's the question raised by Bruce Koeppen, M.D., founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, in a recent column for LiveScience.


Why the physician-patient relationship is not one-on-one

There's a coincidental theme running through a few of this week's top stories, and it has to do with the challenge of relating to patients when they're not quite themselves. Let's...

Medical groups decry missed opportunity to repeal SGR

Medical professionals blasted last week's federal budget deal for failing to address the controversial sustainable growth rate payment formula, MedPageToday reports.

How to address drug-seeking patients

Although physician practices seem to have made some progress in the fight against prescription painkiller abuse, drug-seeking and drug-addicted patients remain part of many medical offices' daily reality, according to an article from Physicians Practice.

4 paths to smoother patient collections

Patient collections represent a burgeoning financial and administrative challenge for practices. Fortunately, a recent column from Medical Economics editorial advisory board member Robert C. Scroggins, offers four simple yet underused strategies for streamlining this process

What not to say when telling patients they are dying

Although patient-physician conversations about end-of-life care have become more common in recent years, many physicians hesitate to tell patients that they are dying, according to an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

'Vaccine friendly' docs don't push shots

When it comes to pediatric immunizations, some practices take a cut-and-dried approach that essentially mandates parents vaccinate their children if they want them to belong to the practice. There's another subset of physicians, however, who are "vaccine friendly," which means that they don't push vaccines on patients, if they offer the shots at all, according to a report from the Boston Globe.

Meaningful Use tops reasons docs adopt EHRs

Meaningful Use incentive payments have been the top driver of physicians' transition to electronic health records over the past five years, according to a new data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

The gift you owe your patients to give to yourself

'Tis the season for wish lists. But in a rare yet crucial exception to the advice I usually give here, I'd like you to set aside the needs and desires of your patients for a moment--and...

Benefits of payment reform yet to be seen, research suggests

Despite the Affordable Care Act's creation of accountable care organizations and its push toward value-based medicine, some of the nation's highest-paid doctors still work largely under a fee-for-service model, according to an article from U.S. News & World Report.


Should exercise time be a vital sign?

Should the amount of time a patient spends exercising be a vital sign? Thanks to efforts of Exercise is Medicine, a program overseen by the American College of Sports Medicine, a growing number of clinicians seem to think so, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.

Most opioids prescribed in office settings, but habits changing

Policy efforts to address the risks of opioid prescribing should focus on office-based settings, as patients receive significantly more painkiller prescriptions for noncancer pain in ambulatory settings than in hospital emergency departments, according to an analysis of medical expenditures reported by Internal Medicine News.


'Slow medicine' concept continues to simmer

The idea of spending more quiet time conversing with patients versus darting through checklists seems to be catching on. In fact, an entire movement known as "slow medicine" has gained physician devotees from various career stages, NPR reported.

Should the Triple Aim become the Quadruple Aim?

There's something crucial missing from the healthcare industry's oft-cited Triple Aim, according to a new report from the Annals of Family Medicine.

3 easy leadership tricks to try today

Sound management advice for medical practices doesn't have to come from healthcare experts. The following three leadership tricks are from various industries and can help you connect with employees in virtually any setting.

CMS unveils new ACO proposal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday issued a proposed rule monday that includes  everal changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program that not only offers a new "Track 3" model to entice providers to form accountable care organizations but also would give participants an extra three years before they could face penalties for poor performance

Expert Q&A: Craig M. Wax, D.O., on physician self-care and role-modeling

As we've discussed a great deal recently, today's physicians are held more accountable than ever before for motivating their patients to behave in ways that improve their health, especially...

New research to target physician attitudes toward payment reform

Amid the ongoing shift from fee-for-service healthcare reimbursement to value-based payments, much remains unknown about how clinicians' mindsets and behaviors will also change as new models unfold, leading two North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty mem­bers at  the Center for Health Policy and Health­care Research to begin a pilot study this fall in which they will interview physi­cians and staff, according to a post from the university.