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Health Reform

America’s High Cost Healthcare Problem

May 13, 2016 by Danyell Jones

When it comes to healthcare in America, it is no secret that our system requires profound change. Currently America has a high cost healthcare problem. Healthcare costs have been increasing dramatically and substantially for years. Current healthcare spending has reached a rate which is unsustainable.[read more]

MACRA and the Medicare Payment Reform Juggernaut

May 3, 2016 by Phil C. Solomon

The passage of the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) has contributed to changes in healthcare delivery by redesigning Medicare’s payment and delivery methods for physicians and other clinicians.[read more]

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus – Medicare Doubles Down

April 30, 2016 by David Harlow

CMS, through its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), is rolling out a refined version of an innovation model that is just winding down its four-year run. Here's what it entails.[read more]

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Facts and Figures vs. The “Frivolous Medical Malpractice” Narrative

April 29, 2016 by Andy Heikkila

10 years ago, medical malpractice took center stage in the U.S. political arena when John Edwards was announced as 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry’s running mate. A thick frivolity-in-law narrative and stigma quickly engulfed the country, and, unfortunately, that narrative still pervades today, even though the numbers say otherwise.[read more]

The Link Between Patient Satisfaction and Long-Lasting Relationships

April 28, 2016 by Practice Builders

The ACA has put patients at the center of healthcare services. A patient-centric healthcare approach in this digital era means a revised definition of quality in the physician-patient relationship.[read more]

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Remote Heath: The Wave of our Medical Future

April 18, 2016 by Dennis Hung

Remote health, also known as telemedicine, is fast becoming a popular option to reach more patients in a shorter amount of time. According to iHeartBeat, 89% of healthcare executives said they expect telemedicine to transform the U.S. healthcare system in the next decade.[read more]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

March 31, 2016 by Katie Brant

On March 16, 2016, Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives passed a measure that would legalize medical marijuana in certain forms. The vote was 149-43, with all voting Democrats and more than half of Republicans in support of the bill. The bill now moves onto the Senate, which has already approved an earlier version of the measure 10 months ago.[read more]

Physician-Patient Collaboration: A Conversation With Dr. Danny Sands

March 27, 2016 by David Harlow

Danny Sands joined me recently to discuss the state of physician-patient collaboration, the nudge forward given to this notion by value-based purchasing trends in health care, and the need to focus on what happens in between office visits as the key to helping patients manage their own health. This is the bridge between doctor and...[read more]

Narrow Networks in California?

March 24, 2016 by David Harlow
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In the nothing new under the sun department, Covered California, the California health insurance exchange is “threatening to cut hospitals from its networks for poor performance or high costs.” Kaiser Health News reports that Covered California’s board will vote next month on proposed policies designed to “chang[e] the underlying...[read more]

Did HIMSS deliver on its Charter? Transforming Health through IT

March 21, 2016 by Mike Van Snellenberg

Reflecting back, years of HIMSS events can blur together and it can seem like the same old same old. This year was different: the healthcare ecosystem is going through a profound change and the providers and payers know this. Health systems are beginning to understand that the model is moving away from a passive engagement with the patient, to a model where the patient is taking more initiative to include their own wants/needs to participate in their care delivery.[read more]

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Medical Advances Aid Fight Against Pollution-Caused Skin Conditions

March 21, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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A study conducted by Environmental Health Perspectives found evidence that a group of chemicals in the polluted air called phthalates are likely absorbed directly through the skin as well as inhaled. New research and advances in treatment are being developed to counteract the premature aging effect air pollution has on skin.[read more]

Making The Case for Behavioral Health Integration

March 18, 2016 by Moira O'Connell

Thanks to The Excellence in Mental Health Act (ExACT) passed in 2014, it’s predicted that 2016 will be a big year for Behavioral Health. As the country takes critical steps towards moving Behavioral healthcare off the back burner, demand for these services continues to grow.[read more]