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The patient appeared to be dying. She had chronic lung disease, and she had been told she had little reserve left and had barely survived on home oxygen for the past few years. Each time she picked up a lung infection, the buzzards circled...
A new study suggests that the use of telemedicine in primary care could potentially lead to further fragmentation of care. It’s possible that the use of the technology could lead to disconnected care, counteracting the benefits of...
After a great discussion by our panelists, webinar guests had many questions. While we did not have time to answer all of them, our panelists were able to answer some additional questions after the webinar had ended. If you haven't yet...
Making good on a commitment he made earlier in the year, state Department of Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal published guidance Monday that he hopes will allow health care providers to better serve behavioral health and substance abuse...
When Beverly Dunn called her new primary care doctor’s office last November to schedule an annual checkup, she assumed her Medicare coverage would pick up most of the tab. The appointment seemed like a routine physical, and she was...
On Monday, March 11, I was eagerly anticipating the release of the administration's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal(www.whitehouse.gov) when an email popped up in my inbox. That email linked me to a commentary article in The American...
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved $3.8 million to fund two projects designed to use shared decision making to disseminate and implement PCORI research findings and to simultaneously...
atient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Executive Director Joe V. Selby, MD, MPH, has informed PCORI’s Board of Governors that he plans to retire at the end of 2019.   PCORI, authorized by Congress in 2010, is the nation’s...
The kind of thing we have done instinctively in our workplaces for two decades — sending a quick email instead of setting up a meeting — has until recently eluded many doctors. Electronic consultations, or eConsults (sometimes called...
Screening for social determinants of health (SDOH) is increasingly done in primary and specialty care settings. Payers and health care organizations have recognized the importance of these determinants not just to clinical outcomes but...
Gilbert Saldana, 22, still has a couple of months before he graduates from Georgetown University, but anxiety about his future is already keeping him up at night. “I’m almost in the job world, and it really weighs down on me,” said the...
During the 20th century, America’s commitment to preventive health efforts such as water purification and vaccinations all but eradicated many deadly illnesses and, in the process, extended the average life expectancy by three decades,...
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have become a major payment and delivery reform since they were introduced as a key component of the Affordable Care Act. Currently, there are more than 1,000 ACOs covering about 33 million lives...
Half of the 181 graduating medical students from LSU Health New Orleans who participated in Match Day this year will remain in Louisiana to finish their training. The National Resident Match Program is a pivotal day in a medical student’s...
UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it would significantly expand a change to how it handles rebates from drugmakers by requiring new employer clients to pass them on to people who take the medications. The move will apply to employers that sign...
If people in this polarized nation can agree on one thing, it is that prescription drug prices are too high, and that the federal government should do something about it. But it seems unlikely that Congress or the administration will do...
On February 11, 2019, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released two highly anticipated rules focused on increasing patient access to their own...
The 1989 Stark Law penalizing physicians and hospitals for making medical decisions for patients based on their financial self-interest has few remaining fans. Even its author, former California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark, has called for...
MedPAC’s March 2019 Public Meeting  Medicare's role in the supply of primary care physicians (Ariel Winter, MPP)  MedPAC, or the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, is an independent congressional agency established by the Balanced...
Digital technologies are profoundly altering the way industries deliver services to consumers. Ride-sharing companies have upended traditional taxis, online shopping has displaced many brick-and-mortar stores, and smartphones enable people...

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