PRACTICE NEWS
Doctors Have Extra Two Weeks to Preview Performance Data
 

Physicians have two extra weeks to preview their 2016 performance information as a result of a mistake related to the CMS’s Physician Compare online resource. The preview period, which was scheduled to end on Nov. 17, has been extended to Dec. 1.


Fri, 10 Nov 2017 CMS INFORMATION
Increases in U.S. Health Spending Tied to Health Service Price
 

Researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that annual health care spending on inpatient, ambulatory, retail pharmaceutical, nursing facility, emergency department, and dental care increased by $933.5 billion between 1996 and 2013 after adjustments for price inflation, from $1.2 to $2.1 trillion.


Wed, 08 Nov 2017 PRACTICE NEWS
Legal Aspects to Consider in Voluntary Refusal to Eat, Drink
 

Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) is a course that patients may choose to hasten their death, although there are clinical, ethical, and legal aspects to consider, according to a special communication published in JAMA Internal Medicine.


Tue, 07 Nov 2017 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Guide Offers Doctors Tips for Choosing a Health System
 

Three major physician-advocate associations, including the AMA, have teamed up to create a guide to assist physicians considering joining a physician-led integrated health system. The guide is designed for residents and physicians wanting to change practice setting and offers practical tips on evaluating a system.


Fri, 03 Nov 2017 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
CMS Launches Initiative to Examine Impact of Regulations
 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched an initiative to examine which provider regulations should be discarded or revamped amid concerns that the regulations are reducing the amount of time that physicians spend with patients, according to Modern Healthcare.


Thu, 02 Nov 2017 CMS INFORMATION
Patients Prefer Face-to-Face Communication, No Computer
 

Patients perceive that physicians who communicate face-to-face without a computer have more compassion, better communication skills, and are more professional, according to research presented at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium.


Fri, 27 Oct 2017 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS