PRACTICE NEWS
Most Doctors’ Offices Don’t Offer Flexibility for Uninsured
 

Most physician offices don't offer up-front payment flexibility or low-income discounts to uninsured people, research in Health Affairs finds. For the study, trained auditors called primary care offices in 10 states, pretending to be uninsured patients and seeking appointments and payment arrangements. About 80% received appointments, provided they could pay the full cash amount. Fewer than one in seven callers received appointments for which they could make a payment arrangement. The average appointment price was $160.


Tue, 17 Apr 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Patients Cite Top Reasons for Not Showing Up
 

Aside from forgetfulness and logistics, the top three reasons patients don't show up are: 1. Emotions: Anxiety or fear of bad news. 2. Perceived disrespect of patient's time or intelligence. 3. Scheduling confusion: A misplaced sense that not coming will relieve the clinic.


Mon, 16 Apr 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs
 

Changes can be implemented to help reduce physician frustration with electronic health records (EHRs), according to an article in Medical Economics. To help physicians be more efficient and to reduce frustration, practices should provide individualized optimization training to personalize EHR settings by physician and specialty.


Wed, 11 Apr 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Online Doc Reviews Don’t Reflect Patient Satisfaction Surveys
 

Online physician reviews do not reflect patient satisfaction surveys (PSSs), according to a study in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers compared industry-vetted PSSs such as the Press Ganey (PG) PSS between physicians with and without negative reviews and found no correlation, suggesting the need for improved online rating systems.


Tue, 10 Apr 2018 PRACTICE NEWS
ACA Marketplaces Expand Coverage for Chronically Ill
 

The Affordable Care Act’s Marketplaces covered a disproportionate share of non-elderly adults with high health care risks in the 2014 to 2015 time period, research in Health Affairs suggests. Researchers assessed use of private non-group health insurance through federal and state-based Marketplaces and found that over the study period, 45% of Marketplace enrollees aged 18 to 64 years were treated for chronic conditions, compared to 35% of non-Marketplace non-group enrollees and 38% of adults with employer-sponsored insurance.


Mon, 09 Apr 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Unique Risks Associated With Texting Medical Orders
 

According to the Institute of Safe Medication Practices, texting medical orders poses unique risks due to abbreviated language, improper autocorrection, and orders without full patient names and a second unique identifier.


Fri, 23 Mar 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT