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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.
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.
States move to prioritize primary care
States move to prioritize primary careWhen it comes to promoting investment in primary care, Oregon might very well be the country’s current champion innovator.
A call for physicians to denounce third parties once and for allI appeal to my fellow physicians, let us denounce with a single voice practices by third parties.
The fallacy of claims data and the negotiated rateThe stated goal of many price transparency companies is to use claims data to better predict the consumer's negotiated rate.
My proposal to change the American healthcare system for the better
My proposal to change the American healthcare system for the betterDuring the good old days, physicians were considered the pillar of the community and the role of primary care physician (PCP) was a respected position. I'm guessing that during that time, we, the physicians, assumed the role of custodians of patients’ medical records.
Why are EHRs still so terrible?
Why are EHRs still so terrible?Unfortunately, the federal government has pulled the pin and tossed it into the exam room, resulting in an explosion of inefficiency and a disruption in patient care and communication.
Understanding the connect between poverty, health and healthcare
Understanding the connect between poverty, health and healthcareHow should we be addressing the broader issue of population health?
Why do we keep prescribing heroin to patients?
Why do we keep prescribing heroin to patients?Let us all remember when the pen hits the prescription pad to write for an opioid that heroin is an opioid, too.
How physicians can respond to workplace sexism
How physicians can respond to workplace sexismStudies show that most women physicians—52% in one study and 75% in another—have been sexually harassed at some point in their career by patients.