Prior Authorization Negatively Impacts Clinical Outcomes

Ninety-two percent of doctors state that PA process delays access to care; burden up over past five years The burdens associated with prior authorization (PA) are high and include a negative impact on clinical outcomes, reported by 92 percent of physicians, according to the results of a survey conducted for the American Medical Association (AMA). … Continue reading Prior Authorization Negatively Impacts Clinical Outcomes

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Three-Pronged Approach Can Improve Physician Engagement

Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., implemented a three-pronged approach to improve physician engagement, which increased the number of employees who reported being fully engaged from 17.5 to 40% within a year and a half, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

Doctors Facing Challenge to Help Needy While Protecting Practices

Physicians are increasingly being challenged to protect their practice finances while helping patients without insurance, according to an article published in Medical Economics. According to recent Gallup data, the percentage of Americans without health insurance is increasing, and reached 12.2 percent at the end of 2017. Many practices are finding it difficult to maintain their viability as they care for people without the ability to pay.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 PRACTICE NEWS
Markups for Oncology Services Vary at the Hospital Level

There is significant variation in markup of outpatient oncology services across hospitals in the U.S., research in the American Journal of Managed Care confirms. Researchers examined variation in price markup by hospital and oncology specialty using 2014 Medicare Part B physician reimbursement data for 3,248 hospitals from all 50 states. “Our findings contribute to emerging evidence that prestigious hospitals or large hospital chains use higher chargemaster pricing to ‘anchor’ negotiations and gain higher reimbursement from insurers,” the authors write.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 BREAKING NEWS
How to Identify and Reduce Burnout in Your Practice

As defined by the Maslach Burnout Inventory, burnout has 3 pillars: Emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and diminished sense of personal efficacy. Burnout can affect what we notice and don't notice, and can shift our attention to only negative information and cues.

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Early Studies Often Show Exaggerated Treatment Effect

Trials to evaluate drugs or devices used to treat chronic medical conditions that are published early in the chain of evidence often show an exaggerated treatment effect compared with subsequent trials, an assessment in the Mayo Clinical Proceedings finds. Researchers assessed meta-analyses published between Jan. 1, 2007, and June 23, 2015 in the 10 general medical journals with highest impact factor to identify randomized controlled trials evaluating a drug or device in patients with chronic medical conditions.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 BREAKING NEWS