Healthcare Reform and the ACA Perspective

 
 
  • ICD-10: Get Ready for Another Efficiency Scam   October 1 is the implementation deadline for ICD-10 coding and the promise of increased efficiency. After 10 hours of training, Dr Bilazarian is not impressed.
  • Leana Wen: Managing the Health of a City Amid the Freddie Gray Riots   Dr Leana Wen, city health commissioner for Baltimore, speaks with Medscape Editor-in-Chief Dr Eric Topol about her work as an emergency medicine physician and public health advocate.
  • No One to Blame but Themselves Internist Greg Hood hopes that the children of future generations can save what is good, noble, and effective in healthcare. If it erodes, who is to blame?
  • Seeing Every Patient Encounter as a Research Opportunity   Dr Harrington interviews HEAT-PPCI principal investigator Dr Rod Stables about engaging the hospital community in research and the benefits for all concerned.
  • Has Choosing Wisely Affected Clinical Practice? The Choosing Wisely campaign, which discourages unnecessary medical tests and procedures, has been lauded as a step in the right direction, but has it affected oncologists' patient care?
  • Malcolm Gladwell: Future Docs Need More Time, Not Technology   Eric Topol talks with New Yorker columnist and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell about how best to choose the doctors of the future.
  • Should Nephrologists Be PCPs to Late-Stage CKD Patients?   Proposals to improve the care of patients with CKD include new payment and patient management models.
  • Is Legislation to End Malpractice Lawsuits Realistic? Legislation in Georgia and Florida would end to malpractice lawsuits (and the need for malpractice insurance). The only problem, says the author, is that the math doesn't add up.
  • A Better Bedside Manner Can and Should Be Taught Dr Vaishnava sees better interpersonal skills and humanism as the key to improving patient satisfaction.
  • 10 Things You Need to Know to Succeed and Be Happy in an ACO ACOs demand that doctors save money while demonstrating quality. Successful physicians can earn a hefty bonus, but at what price? We'll take some of the mystery out of this care-delivery model.
  • Sizing Up ASCO's Value Tool   Dr David Kerr applauds ASCO for its Value Framework, saying the tool is a practical way for clinicians to gauge the relative benefit and cost of cancer treatments for individual patients.
  • Malcolm Gladwell on Healthcare as a Cash Economy   Eric Topol talks with New Yorker columnist and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell about turning medicine into a cash economy at its most basic level.
  • Malcolm Gladwell on Fixing the US Healthcare Mess   Eric Topol talks with New Yorker columnist and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell on how best to tell the story of medicine.
  • What Is Value to the Cancer Patient, Oncologist, and Payer? What do we mean by value in cancer care? A special session of ASCO 2015 looked at the perspectives on value from key stakeholders: the patient, the oncologist, and the payer.
  • Value in Cancer Care: But at What Price?   Experts take on the issue of value in cancer care -- among the hottest topics of ASCO 2015 -- and what is at stake if efforts to ensure value do not succeed in containing healthcare costs.
  • Why Pharma and Oncologists Should Kiss and Make Up Will the cure for cancer be derailed by fiscal unsustainability? An oncologist advocates transparency in costs, which in his view is possible only if Big Pharma and oncologists work cooperatively.
  • Payment Reform: Will Gain Follow Pain? No doubt payment reform is painful, but is there an emerging payment model that provides a gain for oncologists? A panel of experts sorts out the options as part of a special session at ASCO 2015.
  • ACA Medicaid Expansion Ups Diabetes Diagnoses   In states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, more cases of diabetes were identified.
  • Community Oncologists Face Turning Practices 'Upside Down'   A panel of community oncologists works on solutions to the most pressing issues facing their practices, including payment reform, alternative payment models, and pathways, as reported from ASCO 2015.
  • Is the IPAB Still Alive and Well? The Independent Payment Advisory Board, which would have the power to cut future Medicare payments to doctors, is under increasing fire from critics, including physicians and politicians.
 
 
 
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