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In her Health Affairs Blog post last fall, Sharon Brownlee lamented how frequently patients agree to treatments that they know little about. In the United States and elsewhere, clinicians have a clear ethical and legal responsibility to...
The Errors of Care Omission Survey may be effective at identifying critical omissions in the primary care setting, leading to increased prevention of patient harm, according to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety. “Most...
The current devaluation of primary health care professionals has caused significant greed for specialties. The complexity of the selections for specialization has grown because of the need for an increasingly rigid choice for medical...
On April 2, 2019, in an effort initiated by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) and the Council for Academic Family Medicine (CAFM), more than 20 of our nation’s leading organizations, associations, foundations, and...
Healthcare services performed in outpatient settings grew from 11.1% of care visits to 12.9% between 2009 and 2017, according to a new Health Care Cost Institute report. Echocardiograms and drug administration saw the biggest increases in...
Health care spending is projected to grow to 19.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2027, and big gaps in quality and access to care persist. This has motivated payers and providers to implement alternative payment models (APMs)...
The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) recently completed financing of its first project in Philadelphia: a 28,000-square-foot center that will provide primary care services and safe, respectful living accommodations for seniors...
The Academy has sent Congress its federal funding priorities for fiscal year (FY) 2020, emphasizing primary care's vital role in protecting and improving health in rural and other underserved areas and preventing chronic illness nationwide...
Health products are increasingly moving from the realm of the medical professional to the consumer. Direct-to-consumer (DTC) versions of teeth alignment kits, genetic tests, hearing aids, heart-rhythm monitors, neurostimulation devices,...
Political debate over the Affordable Care Act has defined the health policy political landscape for nearly a decade.  The impassioned back and forth over whether to “repeal and replace” or strengthen and defend the law has been a focus of...
Who are your patients and what do they need? That's a key question not only for providing care, but for getting paid. One way to find out is through behavioral segmentation, which seeks to understand patient preferences according to...
The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it is developing a framework for regulating artificial intelligence products used in medicine that continually adapt based on new data. The agency’s outgoing commissioner, Scott...
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Duke University Health System have together formed Experience Health, a new health insurance company created to meet the unique needs of seniors in today’s fast-paced world.   Experience...
The U.S. government on Monday said it would increase by 2.53 percent on average 2020 payments to the health insurers that manage Medicare Advantage insurance plans for seniors and the disabled, a reflection of a new estimate on medical...
In an effort to promote downside financial risk adoption, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other providers are calling on the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) to increase transparency and improve stability. The National Association...
On March 28, 2019, Judge John D. Bates of the District of Columbia found major provisions of the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) final rule on association health plans (AHPs) to be unlawful. The rule’s interpretation of “employer” to include...
The patient moved into a large assisted living facility in Raleigh, N.C., in 2003. She was younger than most residents, just 73, but her daughter thought it a safer option than remaining in her own home. The woman had been falling so...
There is an urgent need for innovative interventions to help primary care providers support individuals with dementia and their family caregivers without adding to their already full workload. To be sustainable, these innovations must be...
Until recently, when the North Dakota human services agency had an opening for a mental health provider, months might go by before a single application came in. But that’s started to change as the state boosts telemedicine as an option...
Older adults and their families often wonder: Where’s the best place to recover after a hip or knee replacement — at home or in a rehabilitation facility? Increasingly, the answer appears to be home if the procedure is elective, friends...

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