Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight The MAReport: Check out the Spring 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter! This quarter, our Spring intern Sheryl R. Simon, MD, wrote about the importance of precision medicine in cancer research and treatment. Call for Applicants for the Sewell Stipend to Attend the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting – Is your position related to public health? Would you like an opportunity to immerse yourself in the public health field for a few days? Apply for the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health and attend the 2018 American Public ...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - July 6, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

How Drones Are Helping Scientists Study and Protect Endangered Whales
The above video was provided by Intel. If you’re a six-foot human standing on a paddleboard, it’s just as well you don’t know that a 60-foot, 40-ton humpback whale with 16-foot flippers is surfacing directly beneath you. The only thing more unsettling would be if there were four 60-ft., 40-ton humpback whales with 16-foot flippers doing the same. Just such a don’t-look-down moment played out off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 2016. Ordinarily, it would have been the kind of experience that the paddleboarder—who came through unharmed—would have described to his friends with...
Source: TIME: Science - May 31, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Drones Source Type: news

Op-Ed: Houstonians need to embrace concierge medicine
I had a pivotal conversation with a colleague of mine about five years ago. He was lamenting over the fact that he wears a stop watch around his neck that alarms every seven minutes reminding him to proceed to the next patient room in his already overloaded schedule as a family practitioner. I could certainly relate to his plight, as could many of our fellow physicians practicing solo primary care medicine. Indeed, in recent years, physicians have found themselves running on a hamster wheel driven… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 15, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barbara Taylor-Cox Source Type: news

Big Data for Hospital Librarians – Are We There, Yet?
In the NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course, we asked participants, as they progressed through the course to consider the following questions: Do you think health sciences librarians should get involved with big data in healthcare? Where should librarians get involved, if you think they should? If you think they should not, explain why. You may also combine a “should/should not” approach if you would like to argue both sides. NNLM will feature responses from different participants over the coming weeks. Written by Elanor Pickens, Medical Librarian, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmou...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - May 1, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Data Science Source Type: news

Strength in Numbers? Ins and Outs, Pros and Cons of Virtual Groups
While the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) creates questions and headaches for practitioners, its evolution continues. Virtual Group (VG) reporting is a new option for solo/small practices to use, and the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services continues to make changes as the feedback, concerns, and recommendations pour in from various audiences. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - April 1, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Rod Baird Tags: Practice Management Source Type: news

You Asked: Do Religious People Live Longer?
If a long life is what you’re after, going to church may be the answer to your prayers. A number of studies have shown associations between attending religious services and living a long time. One of the most comprehensive, published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2016, found that women who went to any kind of religious service more than once a week had a 33% lower chance than their secular peers of dying during the 16-year study-follow-up period. Another study, published last year in PLOS One, found that regular service attendance was linked to reductions in the body’s stress responses and even in mortality&ndas...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Longevity Source Type: news

FTC files complaint against Schein, Benco, Patterson over alleged denial of biz to buying groups
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission this week filed a complaint against Henry Schein (NSDQ:HSIC), Patterson (NSDQ:PDCO) and Benco alleging violations of US antitrust law by conspiring to refuse to provide discounts to or to serve buying groups representing dental practitioners, according to a new FTC posting. The three companies, which the FTC claims control more than 85% of all dental product distributor sales in the US, face allegations that they denied independent benefits of such buying groups to dental practices mostly composed of small businesses, including solo or small groups of dentists. Benco and Hen...
Source: Mass Device - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Dental Distribution Legal News benco Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Henry Schein Inc. Patterson Companies Source Type: news

Table of experts 2017: Value-based health care
MEETING THE EXPERTS DAVID RUBINGER: How you would define the term value-based care when it comes to your individual practices? DR. KEVIN ADAMS: I have a solo practice with one mid-level provider and a small ancillary staff of about five located outside of Athens. During the past three to five years, about 30 percent to 40 percent of my patients have switched to some type of value-based payor mix. My approach to value-based care is providing care with a quality, cost and patient-satisfaction component.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 11, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Table of experts 2017: Value-based health care
MEETING THE EXPERTS DAVID RUBINGER: How you would define the term value-based care when it comes to your individual practices? DR. KEVIN ADAMS: I have a solo practice with one mid-level provider and a small ancillary staff of about five located outside of Athens. During the past three to five years, about 30 percent to 40 percent of my patients have switched to some type of value-based payor mix. My approach to value-based care is providing care with a quality, cost and patient-satisfaction component.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - December 11, 2017 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

The Waning World of the Solo Practice
(MedPage Today) -- Is concierge medicine the solution? (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)
Source: MedPage Today Dermatology - December 2, 2017 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking
Attendees at the 11th Congress on Adolescent Health in New Delhi, Oct. 27-29, 2017. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulNEW DELHI, Oct 30 2017 (IPS)Twenty-year-old Gogontlejang Phaladi of Mahalapye, Botswana is grateful she was never sent to a so-called “hyena” like scores of girls in neighboring Malawi were.In a ritual approved by the community, a solo man (the hyena) would have sex with the adolescent girls of an entire village to “sexually cleanse” them so they would be considered fit for marriage."It makes sense to bring village and religious leaders in this conversation on violent crimes....
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health adolescent girls adolescent health child mar Source Type: news

Now Open: Virtual Group Election for MIPS Participation
Solo and small physician practices have until Dec. 1 to inform CMS they are forming a virtual group for 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System reporting. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Where You Should Road Trip, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
This article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karen Ruffini / Travel + Leisure Tags: Uncategorized onetime onetimetravel Source Type: news

7 Ways to Make Flying Less Stressful
This article originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew DeBord / Business Insider Tags: Uncategorized bi onetime onetimetravel Source Type: news

3 names you need to know this week — and why the Birds are flying solo
Here is another look at some of the people and companies who could help shape San Antonio's economic future. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 29, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

2016 Annual QRURs Webcast
October 19, 2017 1:30-3:00pm ET. 2016 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) are available for all group practices and solo practitioners nationwide. This event provides an overview of the report and explains how to interpret and use the information. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A'Passion' for Family Medicine A'Passion' for Family Medicine
Solo practitioner Dr Karen Smith reveals that passion for family medicine fuels her practice in a rural community and fuels her voice in Washington, DC.American Academy of Family Physicians (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Three-Zone Biosecurity Offers New Hope to Indonesian Farmers
James McGrane, FAO ECTAD Indonesia Team Leader, at his office in Jakarta. Credit: Kanis Dursin/IPSBy Kanis DursinJAKARTA, Indonesia, Jul 10 2017 (IPS)Poultry farmer Bambang Sutrisno Setiawan had long heard about biosecurity but never gave serious thought to it, even when the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 forced him to cull thousands of his layer chickens in 2003 and 2009.Eighteen years into the business, however, Bambang, who is called Ilung by friends, is now converting his second farm into a three-zone biosecurity poultry with a strong conviction that it is the only way to save his business amid continued threat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kanis Dursin Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Projects avian flu biosafety Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Improving the lives of rural populations: better nutrition & agricultu Source Type: news

FP Achieves Wellness by Bucking Traditional Practice
Professional burnout is an all-too-common problem that plagues many family physicians. As part of the AAFP's strategic focus on overcoming professional burnout and cultivating physician wellness,AAFP News spoke with California native Chris Flores, M.D., a family physician who left traditional practice to open his own low-volume, low-overhead solo practice. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Achieves Wellness by Bucking Traditional Practice
Professional burnout is an all-too-common problem that plagues many family physicians. As part of the AAFP's strategic focus on overcoming professional burnout and cultivating physician well-being,AAFP News spoke with California native Chris Flores, M.D., a family physician who left traditional practice to open his own low-volume, low-overhead solo practice. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Search continues! NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator. View the posting for details about the position (Open until filled). New Membership certificates are arriving soon! To receive a new certificate, you must verify that your organization’s record is up-to-date. Not sure where to start? Check out our Membership renewal flyer for more information about NNLM Membership, and instructions on how to complete the renewal process. Announcing the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health to attend the 2017 American Public He...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - June 23, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Canadian Dentists Turn to Financial Practice Management CE, Patient Financing and Promotion on Social Media as Dental Practice Consolidation Continues
Toronto, ON – June 6, 2017 – The fundamental shift in the make-up of the Canadian dental practice detected in previous reports is continuing, according to results from the DIAC (Dental Industry Association of Canada) Twenty-First Annual Future of Dentistry Survey. All of the following points may reflect on the impact of the current economic situation on the dental practice in Canada: There are now more dentists per practice on average, with a record 13% of practices with five or more dentists. This was 3.4% in 2016 and an average of 6.3% the last 14 years. There are now more operatories per prac...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - June 16, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

The Delicate Act of Dropping an Insurance Plan
As a solo physician, it's not easy to drop an insurance plan when you know that could have a negative impact on your patients. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 5, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Melissa Young, MD Tags: Blog Patients Payers Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Illinois owes dentists more than $200 million
The state of Illinois owes dentists more than $200 million for services provided to state employees. Illinois has yet to pay the dentists due to the budget impasse, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. Illinois’ bill backlog in all categories surpassed $13.02 billion as of May 15, according to the comptroller’s office. “We’ve gone all of ‘16 and the first part of ‘17 with no claims paid,” Dr. Kent Splaingard told the Journal. Splaingard, who operates a solo dental practice… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 19, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Gina Hall Source Type: news

Illinois owes dentists nearly $200 million in overdue bills
The state of Illinois is 18 months in arrears in paying Dr. Kent Splaingard for dental services provided to state employees. Splaingard, who operates Metro East Dental Care — a solo dental practice in Granite City, is now owed a backlog of more than $62,000 by Delta Dental of Illinois, which administers the state’s dental plan. “We’ve gone all of ‘16 and the first part of ‘17 with no claims paid,” Splaing ard said. “Our accounts receivable is near $210,000 which is not a healthy… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

The New Aging Dilemma, Growing Older At Home Alone
There’s a hidden segment of the older adult population that the healthcare industry has recently spotted. It’s the aging single group of people 55 and over. They are the aged, community-dwelling individuals who are socially and physically isolated, without an available known family member or designated surrogate. They’ve been in plain sight for decades, but since boomers enter the 60 years, the aging single demographic will intensify, due to their status of having the highest divorce rates and childless marriages. And in a matter of a few years, the prevalence of the generation’s chronic diseases w...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

45 Ways To Be Happier Instantly
Got joy? Sometimes it can feel hard to keep up a happy state of mind. The emotion, like all the others, isn’t always permanent. But there are ways to keep it up or boost it when you need it ― and luckily, they’re simpler than you think. In honor of the International Day of Happiness, we’ve culled expert tips, research and just a few feel-good suggestions of ways to boost your mood. Take a look below: 1. Log some time with your furry friends. Play fetch with Fido or sneak in a few cuddles with your kitten. Interacting with your pets can release oxytocin in the brain ― you know, the ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NYU College of Dentistry and NYU Stern School of Business Jointly Offer a New DDS/MBA Dual Degree Option
In response to an increasing demand on dentists to manage both patient care and the business of dentistry, New York University ’s College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) and its Stern School of Business have created a dual degree DDS/Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Students can complete both degrees within five years with a flexible format that balances coursework with clinical practice.“We are extremely pleased to introduce our new DDS/MBA dual degree program, which offers an individualized and extremely relevant learning pathway,” said Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, the Herman Robert Fox Dean o...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - March 9, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

The Best Instagram Accounts To Follow For Yoga
Maybe you’re already into yoga. Maybe you think it’s not your style. The truth is that yoga is for everyone ― no matter your size, age or religious preference. Don’t believe us? Scroll through our favorite yoga Instagram accounts. They’ll inspire you to hit the mat and reap the health benefits of the practice, which include reduced stress, increased physical activity and and lower risk of chronic disease. Check out the list below: Colleen Saidman Yee, @colleensaidman  Eka para sirsasana. One foot to head seat. This is a great party trick. But, be careful. You really...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

From Interventional Radiologist to Medtech CEO: Interview with Dr. Bob Smouse, Founder of BrightWater Medical
Welcome to the Medsider interview series, a regular feature at MassDevice. All interviews are conducted by Scott Nelson, Founder of Medsider and Group Director for WCG. We hope you enjoy them! Dr. Bob Smouse has over 20 years of experience in interventional radiology, endovascular surgery and clinical research. In addition to acting as CEO and CMO of BrightWater Medical and teaching at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he provides interventional medical services to local hospitals through Central Illinois Radiology Associates. Dr. Smouse is a medical consultant and scientific advisory board mem...
Source: Mass Device - February 10, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog medsider Smouse Source Type: news

Medicare Unveils Far-Reaching Overhaul of Doctors' Pay
WASHINGTON (AP) — Changing the way it does business, Medicare on Friday unveiled a far-reaching overhaul of how it pays doctors and other clinicians. The goal is to reward quality, penalize poor performance, and avoid paying piecemeal for services. Whether it succeeds or fails, it's one of the biggest changes in Medicare's 50-year history. The complex regulation is nearly 2,400 pages long and will take years to fully implement. It's meant to carry out bipartisan legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last year. The concept of paying for quality has broad support, but the details have been...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - October 14, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press Tags: News Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

3 Tips for EHR Efficiency from a Solo Practitioner
(MedPage Today) -- A primary care physician describes the EHR system workflow that works for his practice (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 18, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

How Much It Actually Costs To Live Like A Healthy Celeb
(Photo: Instagram/@LeaMichele) By Katie Maguire for Well+Good There was once a time when celebs shied away from revealing how hard they worked to stay in shape. (These abs? Oh, gee I don't know. I, like, never go to the gym and practically live on pizza....) But now they are taking to social media to showcase--and make their followers incredibly jealous of--their post-workout sweaty selfies and juice bar runs. It's easy to view their online sharing as a road map to wellness (collagen powder smoothies and Rise Nation workouts, a la Jennifer Aniston, anyone?), but have you ever wondered how much it really costs to live lik...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 7 Hard Truths About Aging That Everyone Should Know
We’ve updated this post that ran a few years ago because, as we all know, every day is a new learning opportunity ― and we feel smarter now. Plus once in awhile, it’s good to share collective wisdom. Here are seven life lessons about aging worth being reminded of: 1. Small aches can sometimes be ignored.Growing older is not a pain-free process. Knees stiffen up. Feet sprout bunions. And fingers that once flew over the keyboard with the greatest of ease now sometimes cramp up. Most likely, none of this will kill you, which is why I say: Do your best to just keep moving. One of my biggest worrie...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

6 Things Solo Travel Teaches You
This post originally appeared on National Geographic. I still marvel I didn’t drop stone-cold dead from embarrassment during my first solo travel experience. As a 20-year-old, I booked a spontaneous trip to Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. I didn’t want to go alone, but none of my friends had the time or money to go with me. Everything went wrong from the start. Poor planning landed me in the only available room in town, a backpacker bunk room occupied by two German men who didn’t speak English. On a guided tour of Kakadu National Park, I fell for every prank my Australian guide pulled....
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Changes to shore up small practices under new Medicare payment system
The final rule for the new Medicare payment system is expected by November, yet the draft rule issued in April has many physicians in small or rural practices concerned that proper considerations have not been taken to set them up for success.When Congress enacted the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), it recognized the unique challenges of small and rural practices and required that special consideration be given to these practice types. But, theproposed rule provides only limited flexibility for small and rural physicians, which may jeopardize their ability to successfully participate.The infamous &ldq...
Source: AMA Wire - August 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Hope Solo Shows Off Zika Defense Armor For Rio Olympics
Hope Solo isn’t messing around for the 2016 Rio Olympics. As the goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team, Solo’s tenacity and focus between the posts will be on display next month in Rio. But off the field, Solo is taking the medical threat surrounding the games themselves just as seriously, and rightly so. The Brazilian strain of the Zika virus poses a major threat to Olympic athletes, as it can result in future birth defects and pregnancy complications for adults of childbearing age. Not sharing this!!! Get your own! #zikaproof #RoadToRio pic.twitter.com/y3d8hnuEjk— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) July...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Rationing healthcare: More than half of US doctors say no to clinical services
More than half of US physicians included in a national survey have withheld certain medical interventions with small benefits from their patients because of the cost-implications these hold. Such rationing behavior is more prevalent among physicians in solo practice, and less so among doctors with liberal leanings. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

6 Things Obama Can Teach Us About Self-Care In Stressful Times
You are not the president of the United States. But chances are you too have real stressors in your life that make it feel as though the weight of the world is on your shoulders. There’s a way to break free. Upon examining the daily routine of President Obama, it becomes clear that the commander-in-chief lives a life carefully constructed to avoid burnout, promote wellbeing and remain as stress-free as possible. Below are a few moves from his presidential playbook you can borrow in order to do the same: 1. Learn how you recharge best (even if it’s alone). Extroverts gain energy from being around other peop...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Making sense of value-based healthcare and how medtech companies should respond
This study showed tremendous benefit in terms of reduced re-hospitalizations, reduced ER visits, and an almost million-dollar savings in cost as a result of those reductions. This was ased solely on a telemedicine intervention in patients who had just been discharged. So I think telemedicine will be used to help manage the post-acute space increasingly to provide better care, but also to save money. That’s going to be critical, obviously, in the new healthcare world. SCOTT: Dan, before we move on to a couple of these other programs that fit under this bundling umbrella, anything else to add that you think is worthy o...
Source: Mass Device - July 19, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Dorsata medsider Source Type: news

As solo practices fade, this Lake Oswego doctor would rather go on his own
Dr. Jay Douglass, a Lake Oswego internist, occasionally receives notices about job openings that pay much more than what he earns as a solo practitioner. But he’s never tempted to cast his lot with a large medical practice. “I know I could quit my job and get a raise,” Douglass said. “But this allows me to practice medicine the way I think it should be practiced.” That way includes spending as much time with patients as he needs to and not feeling he has to rush to see a set quota of… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 14, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Docs to CMS: MACRA is too complex and should be delayed
The proposed federal regulations to implement the MACRA health care reforms are too complex, too onerous on small and solo practices, lack opportunities for many to participate in alternative payment models, and should be delayed for a full year, at least. That was the message that emerged from... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - July 9, 2016 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Docs to CMS: MACRA is too complex and should be delayed
The proposed federal regulations to implement the MACRA health care reforms are too complex, too onerous on small and solo practices, lack opportunities for many to participate in alternative payment... (Source: Family Practice News)
Source: Family Practice News - July 9, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Here's What Happens To Your Medical Bills When Your Doctor Joins Forces With A Hospital
For much of the history of U.S. medical care, hospitals and physicians have existed as separate financial entities. Physicians in the U.S. have typically been self-employed, as solo or group practitioners and not as hospital employees. An internist like me might have admitting privileges to several local hospitals. When we admit patients to one of those hospitals, we bill insurance for our services. The hospitals send insurers separate bills for hospital-related expenses. Physicians and hospitals have depended on each other to conduct their business, but they have done so while largely maintaining their financial independe...
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 30, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel Source Type: news

Key changes the new Medicare payment system needs
Physicians have submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), detailing the changes that need to be made to the draft rule for the new Medicare payment system so it works for physicians and their patients. The AMA is urging changes across the reformed program as well as revisions that are specific to the Merit-based Incentive Performance System (MIPS) and the alternative payment model (APM) option. Three of the overarching program recommendations call on CMS to: Create a transitional reporting period in the first year, beginning July 1, to allow sufficient time to prepare physicians...
Source: AMA Wire - June 27, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Would You Be Better Off Spending More Time Alone?
By: Lodro Rinzler A meditation teacher unpacks an ancient Buddhist text that reveals the answer. It might surprise you. Maybe you're like me and you live in a packed city, in a cramped apartment, with a partner and/or roommates, and spend your morning commute cramped amongst people to get to a job where you are constantly surrounded by other beings. And maybe you're like me in that in the middle of your day you hear a nagging inner voice that says, "You know what? I bet I'd be better off if I had some quiet solo time once in a while." There is a beautiful Buddhist text dating back to the 14th century known as ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why private equity firms are rushing into the dental business
For more than a decade, the business model in the $110 billion a year dental industry has been shifting. Solo practitioners are fading fast, being replaced by Dental Service Organizations, or DSOs, which manage dental services and are backed by private equity firms. DSOs will be the topic of discussion at a conference starting today at Aloft Dallas Downtown. Some of the sessions include regulatory and investment trends involving DSOs, analyzing acquisition targets, branding, increasing operational… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 15, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Bill Hethcock Source Type: news

Physicians are guiding new payment system, CMS chief says
In the effort to design the new Medicare payment system, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said that the driving factor behind many of the changes was physician input—and the proposed rule attempts to reflect that. But the physician’s role does not stop there. How physicians are having a voice in regulations “You represent one of America’s most potent and proudest forces of talent and ability,” Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), told physicians Monday at the 2016 AMA Annua...
Source: AMA Wire - June 14, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news