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Corporate medicine use doctors as pawnsThe solution for burnout is for physicians to be able to devote their full energies solely to the wellbeing of their patients by opting-out of the demands of all third-party contracts and not becoming hospital corporate employees.
House healthcare bill would end coverage for 23 million by 2026About 23 million Americans would lose healthcare coverage over the next nine years if the bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives were to become law, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Here's how to tackle the challenges of care coordinationVirtually all primary care physicians engage in coordinated care to some degree, but the extra emphasis placed on it now by healthcare policymakers, along with new reimbursement models and reporting requirements, has primary care doctors looking for ways to improve how they coordinate care.
Slow and steady won't win MACRA race for physiciansThere are cogent reasons for healthcare professionals to amp up their participation in Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) as soon as possible
May News Quiz
May News QuizThe last few months have seen an avalanche of news coming from Washington. But while most of the focus has been on politics, healthcare has seen its share of newsworthy developments too. Have you been keeping up? Find out by taking the Medical Economics news quiz!
Can the looming physician shortage be stopped?While the nation debates the policy and payment issues in healthcare, a quiet crisis may be brewing behind the scenes.
Pain is not the fifth vital sign
Pain is not the fifth vital signAfter years of exaggeration, misinformation and a national epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse, the nation is finally coming to terms with the fact that pain is not the fifth vital sign.
United Airlines fiasco should be a healthcare wakeup call
United Airlines fiasco should be a healthcare wakeup callThe forcible removal of a passenger from the United Airlines flight has reminded flyers of their general dissatisfaction with the airline industry. Perhaps surprisingly, it should also be a stern warning to physicians
Physicians must fight to save Medicaid expansionAfter receiving feedback on my previous blog, Medicaid expansion must remain safe in healthcare reform, I must continue to encourage that Medicaid, a joint federal and state program that funds healthcare for the poor, be protected.
Quiz: How much do you really know about MACRA?
Quiz: How much do you really know about MACRA?Despite its sweeping impact, polls show that most physicians know little about MACRA or how the law will affect them. How much do you know? Take our quiz and find out!