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CMS Proposed Payment Changes for Outpatient Procedures

August 21, 2014 by Andy Salmen

On July 14, 2014, the CMS released its Proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) schedule for out-patient departments, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Here are the key points to know about how the proposed changes will affect physician medical billing.[read more]

Physicians Lose Right of Free Speech

August 20, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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A Federal Appeals Court recently decided in a Florida case that physicians could be sanctioned if they asked patients if they owned firearms if it was not medically necessary to do so. Entering this information into the medical record could also result professional discipline.[read more]

Health Insurance Benefits: Can You Have It Your Way?

August 19, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

As the percentage of large employers that consider a shift to defined contribution and/or private exchange increases, the number of options – and flexibility in those options – must also increase. Consideration for those options rose last year from 14% to 18% among large employers (500+ employees).[read more]

Andre Blackman: Sustain or Die Manifesto [PODCAST]

August 18, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Andre Blackman

Andre Blackman is an influential and connected agent of change/innovation within the health care community. He is very passionate about the intersection of media, technology and useful innovative concepts as it relates to the improvement of population and systemic health.[read more]

Scrutinizing Adherence Must Not Be Shortsighted

August 17, 2014 by Kenneth Thorpe

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Considering how critical taking medications as prescribed is to managing chronic diseases effectively, it should be no surprise that improving patient adherence to medicines can deliver great value. This truth makes the conclusions of an article in Health Affairs’ about declining medication adherence rates in Medicare Part D particularly troubling.[read more]

How to Be a Bridge Over Troubled Waters for Friends and Family

August 16, 2014 by Laura Bogart

“There are times when we just don’t have the words to make it better,” explains Mary Bohlen, a social worker at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai who counsels families through life-altering diagnoses such as cancer and sickle cell anemia.[read more]

Health Wonk Review: August Recess Edition

August 16, 2014 by Brad Wright

Today, it is my distinct pleasure to host the month’s only issue of the Health Wonk Review. Much like Congress, we academics and policy wonks tend to slow down our work considerably in the summer months. And yet, much unlike Congress, even then we are able to get at least something done.[read more]

Doc Foreman: Suicide Education and Twitter [PODCAST]

August 14, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Dr. April C. Foreman

Get Social Health talks to Dr. April C. Foreman (or @DocForeman to her social media following). She is a Licensed Psychologist serving Veterans in Louisiana as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator and is a leader of the Twitter Chat #SPSM every Sunday night on Suicide Prevention and Social Media.[read more]

The Disturbing Confessions of a Medical Scribe: Adding to the Bill

August 13, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

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We are often asked who’s the villain in the health-care marketplace: rapacious insurance companies, fat-cat doctors, overpaid hospital administrators, greedy patients, money-hungry Big Pharma, do-nothing regulators or politicians who’ve been bought and paid for by special interests?[read more]

Traumatic Brain Injuries Are a Major Public Health Problem [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 13, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are occurring more often, among athletes across the spectrum–from professional to youth. This infographic highlights how serious TBIs have become in our society. In addition to show how they affect athletes, there is also information on symptoms to watch for, as well as what could happen if TBIs are left untreated.[read more]

IT Strategy for Health Plans: Interview with ikaSystems CEO Joe Marabito

August 11, 2014 by David E Williams

Joe Marabito

This is the transcript of my recent podcast interview with ikaSystems President and CEO, Joe Marabito, in which we discuss the impact of the ACA rollout on health plan IT needs over the past year; the impact of delayed ICD-10 rollout; the unique challenges facing Medicare Advantage, Medicaid managed care and commercial plans, and other topics.[read more]

"Unmet Recovery Needs" We Must Address

August 6, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

What are “Unmet Recovery Needs”? Unmet needs that, if left unaddressed, could delay or prevent patient recovery. For the 5% of the United States population that account for 50% of the total spending, an unmet recovery need may result in a patient being admitted to the hospital.[read more]