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3 Interesting Facts About How Patients Review Doctors

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Oct 19, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Thanks to rising deductibles and premiums, potential patients are starting to take a more active role in choosing their healthcare providers. And like any other major purchase, research is finding that most consumers are turning to reviews to help them pick the right doctor or hospital.

Here are some interesting facts about how patients review doctors.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

What Hospital Administrators Should Know About Medical Tourism

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Oct 17, 2016 7:00:00 AM

When David Dupray faced a $35,000 bill for a recommended stent placement for a left iliac artery stenosis, he was forced to consider his options. Instead of comparing procedures at hospitals in his area or even state, he left the country.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Beating Surgeon Burnout: Advice From Your Peers

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Oct 10, 2016 6:30:00 AM

“Doctors and other health workers pay dearly for the relentless stress of patient care, a plight compounded by mounting bureaucracy and accelerating change in the healthcare industry,” Dr. Mark Greenawald concluded after tragically losing one of his ob-gyn patients during childbirth, and being unable to successfully process the grief from the experience.

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Topics: Clinical Trends, CABG Surgery

Kidney Care News to Know from September

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Oct 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Frenovia Renal Research will be opening an office in Durham, North Carolina. The company is a subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care North America and will also expand staff at its locations in New York, Illinois, Florida and Louisiana in addition to North Carolina.

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Topics: Hemodialysis

What Physicians and Hospital Administrators Should Know About MACRA

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Oct 3, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Healthcare payment reform is coming. As healthcare delivery is shifting from a fee-for-service model to a value-based model, Medicare is changing the way it will reimburse physicians.

The result is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and it’s slated to go into effect on January 1, 2017.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

How the CMS Cardiac Bundle Could Affect Your Hospital

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Sep 28, 2016 6:30:00 AM

In late July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a bundled payment program for cardiac procedures involving heart attacks and bypass surgeries.

This is part of the agency’s initiative to shift payment from quantity to quality incentives, which means hospitals will be accountable for the quality of care a patient received during their stay and for 90 days after their discharge.

Hospitals will be paid a fixed price for each round of care they provide. If a hospital hits higher quality targets while providing that care, it will be qualify for a higher payment.

Here is how the proposed CMS cardiac bundle could affect your hospital.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

How Do You Rate the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? These Docs Gave it an F

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Sep 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Since its inception six years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received lots of feedback. Regardless of political opinions, physicians have voiced their thoughts on the law, praising it for improving access to healthcare but saying it has negatively affected their practices.

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Topics: Hospital Administration, Clinical Trends

CMS Star Ratings: 3 Things to Know

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Sep 21, 2016 6:30:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings and with it came a slew of questions and comments.

CMS says its ratings system is designed to help individuals, their family members and caregivers compare hospitals “in an easily understandable way.”

Here are three things you should know about the latest CMS Star Ratings.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

How Surgeon Specialization Impacts Patient Outcomes

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Sep 19, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The phrase “practice makes perfect” has never been more true than in surgery. Research shows that better outcomes are associated with an increased procedure volume. While practicing and completing procedures can affect patient outcomes, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found that specializing in a specific procedure may be just as important as the number of times you perform it.

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Topics: Clinical Trends, Cardiothoracic

W.J. Kolff’s First Artificial Kidney Faces Opposition

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Sep 14, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Seventy years ago, renal failure meant certain death. The toxins that the kidney normally cleanses from the blood would build up and poison a person until they would fall into a coma and die. Hemodialysis to cleanse the blood did not exist. The artificial kidney invented by W.J. Kolff in Nazi-occupied Netherlands was in its infancy.

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Topics: Hemodialysis