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POLICY

Stop suggesting physicians are ‘bought’ through pharma giftsSeeing a dollar amount next to a physician’s name without context is a dangerous practice
Consumer genomics: Next direction or next distraction?Patients are more interested in knowing their health risks than ever before.
Top risks and rewards of ACOsBeing part of an ACO can ease quality reporting burdens, but may also carry financial risk for member practices
With new guidelines, hypertension diagnoses to riseTips for physicians to address high blood pressure, meet value-based care targets
5 Takeaways from new hypertension guidelinesThe new guidance means that nearly 103 million Americans will now carry a diagnosis of high blood pressure following a visit to their physician.
A physician’s tale of irrational drug pricesWe've all heard the outrage over the sudden rise in the price of the EpiPen. What we hear far less often is how common the sudden and dramatic rise in many other pharmaceutical prices has become in recent years. It can be easy to forget issues like this until they affect us personally.
There needs to be accountability for the lack of interoperabilityInteroperability is important and probably the main driver of cost savings. So where are the IT vendors on interoperability? The answer is probably close to nowhere.
MACRA will not save moneyThe Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is not going to hold down the increasing cost of Medicare by adding over 1,600 pages of new regulations to the program. Instead, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should have reduced the cost of traditional Medicare by eliminating the requirement for detailed documentation of evaluation and management (E/M) charges.
6 steps to avoid a health IT outage
6 steps to avoid a health IT outageWhen an IT emergency strikes medical practices, there’s a small window to avoid big losses of time and money, so it’s best to have a plan in place.
5 ways to improve physician mental health
5 ways to improve physician mental healthThe practice of medicine in our current healthcare system is making physicians sick, with levels of burnout and mental strain increasing across every specialty.