PRACTICE NEWS
Worker Contribution to Health Benefits Up in 2017
 

In 2017, health benefits coverage remained stable, while workers faced considerable variation in costs, according to Health Affairs. Average annual premiums (employer and worker contributions combined) rose 4% for single coverage, to $6,690, and 3% for family coverage, to $18,764.


Mon, 25 Sep 2017 PRACTICE NEWS
Insurer Market Power Lowers Providers’ Prices
 

Research in Health Affairs shows that in highly concentrated insurance and provider markets, hospital admission prices were 5% lower, and cardiologist, radiologist, and hematologist/oncologist visit prices were 4, 7, and 19% lower, compared to less concentrated markets. However, the cost savings were not necessarily passed on to consumers.


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 PRACTICE NEWS
Doctors Spend Almost Six Hours Per Day on EHR Tasks
 

Research in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that clinicians spent 355 minutes (5.9 hours) of an 11.4-hour workday in the EHR per weekday for each 1.0 clinical full-time equivalent: 269 and 86 minutes during and after clinic hours.


Mon, 18 Sep 2017 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Proactive Approach Encouraged for Online Patient Reviews
 

Most patients use online reviews to find a new doctor, and 65% form an opinion from reading 1 – 6 reviews. To up the chances of a review, be proactive: Ask patients for feedback, either at the end of the visit or through e-mail or text message.


Thu, 31 Aug 2017 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Hours Worked Impacted by Kids for Female, Not Male Doctors
 

For women, but not men, in dual-physician couples, weekly hours worked are lower for those with versus those without children, a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine reveals. “In a national sample of dual-physician couples, weekly hours worked by women with children were lower than among women without children, whereas similar differences were not observed among men,” the authors write.


Fri, 25 Aug 2017 PRACTICE NEWS
Guidance Provided for Preventing Practice Billing Errors
 

To mitigate the problem of billing errors, every practice should have a compliance plan and policy, and someone responsible for enforcing it. Staff should have continuing education and training to maintain compliance and get updated on new coding and billing issues.


Tue, 22 Aug 2017 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT