Among the American Medical Association’s prolific news announcements, the organization recently published the results of a new study. And the data doesn't paint a great picture for the future of the independent American medical practice. Specifically, the organization said that less than half of patient care physicians had an ownership stake in their medical practice. [cont...]
The US jobs report is looking bright. Healthcare continues to be a jewel in the crown of the US economy as it recovers to levels that we have not seen in many, many years. The U.S. economy added 138,000 jobs in May, according to the monthly jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday morning. [cont...]
If nothing else, the healthcare sector has its share of contradictions. Technology is saving us; technology is not helping all that much. Reform is happening, or it isn’t. Jobs are increasing, or they are not. Or, if the jobs are plenty, so is the turnover. Apparently, hospitals are rife with it and hiring teams have a serious problems because of it. [cont...]
A small sample size doesn’t seem to matter in the world of surveys anymore, even if the numbers are so low they may not be representative of the field. Put together a few questions, ask a few random members of the group you wish to survey, compile the results and release them. Nevertheless, given the rules of the game being what they are and the insatiable need for news, there’s little that’s likely going to change so we may as well dive right in. [cont...]
CMS announced in May 2017 the four regions it has selected for the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Round 2 and the health insurance companies that will participate. These insurers will join the 54 payers in 14 regions that were selected for Round 1 in 2016. The goal of the program, CMS said in a statement, is a payment redesign model designed to improve health outcomes while lowering costs, a goal desired by all, of course. [cont...]
Social media is a major presence in modern life, with many Americans having one or more social media profiles. For example, according to 2016 statistics from the Pew Research Center, out of the total number of U.S. adults with internet access, a sizeable majority - some 79 percent - use the site Facebook. Other popular platforms include Twitter and Instagram. [cont...]
CDW Healthcare’s 2017 Patient Engagement Perspectives Study, released at HIMSS17, suggests that the movement continues to show that providers are motivated to find new ways to promote effective patient engagement – and both patients and providers are taking action. This focus is being driven by the move to a value-based model. Also playing a part in this expansion are portals and telemedicine. [cont...]
In what has been called the “most comprehensive research undertaken to date on physician pay in the United States,” researchers found significant variations in average compensation, across 48 specialties, major cities, and gender. [cont...]
Doctors, nurses and administrative staff of any practice should make quality care and patient satisfaction a priority. While, patients will inevitably sit in the waiting room before they make their way into a doctor's office, physicians should still focus on finding ways to reduce wait times. According to an annual report by Vitals, patients wait an average of 19 minutes and 19 seconds before they see a doctor. [cont...]
There may be a very clear reason why your practice has difficulty getting patients to purchase care protocols that they need to ensure their health and longevity: They just don’t save any money for their healthcare needs, and to be billed for services is not something they can afford.
Even for their health and well-being, many patients just don’t have the room in their budgets for another bill.
Perhaps they need to listen to the old adage: Without your health you have nothing. [cont...]