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Tips Hospital Leaders Can Use to Prepare for Disaster

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Jan 9, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Turn on the TV or open your internet browser and you’ll likely be confronted with a story or two about a local or national disaster. And while your hospital has likely prepared for disaster, it’s difficult to gauge how your staff will respond until it faces an adverse event.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

The State of Doctor-Patient Relationships & How to Improve Them

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Jan 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Think back to the last time you visited your physician. How much time did you actually spend speaking with your doctor? For a portion of the appointment, your doctor was likely reading through a file or typing information into an EHR. Researchers at the Annals of Internal Medicine wanted to see how physicians were interacting with patients. They found that doctors spent slightly over half the time in the exam room providing direct clinical facetime. The rest of the time was spent updating EHRs or reading files. They also found that during a typical workday, physicians only spent 27 percent of the day face to face with patients. The rest — you guessed it — was spent on administrative tasks.

It’s no wonder then that patients and doctors can feel frustrated by the state of their doctor-patient relationships.

Here are a few things you can do to strengthen your relationships with your patients.

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What to Know About CMS' Hospital Payments Final Rule

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jan 3, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Since October, growth in rural physician practices owned by hospitals has increased by 102 percent, and the number of urban physician practices owned by hospitals increased by 77 percent.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to slow the trend of hospitals purchasing physician practices and highlight the broader health care reform changes that were adopted by President Obama and Congress.

In early November, CMS released its finalized updated payment rates and policy changes for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System.

Here is what hospital leaders should know about CMS’s hospital payments final rule:

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Kidney Care News to Know for December

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Dec 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

ASN Kidney Health Workforce Analysis Shows Mixed Picture

A new report on the nephrology workforce from the American Society of Nephrology shows a decrease in new nephrologists this year, but a possible increase next year. Other notable findings include:

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Topics: Hemodialysis

What You Need to Know About the MACRA Final Rule

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Dec 19, 2016 6:30:00 AM

In mid-October, CMS released the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act final rule. As a refresher, healthcare delivery is shifting from a fee-for-service model to a value-based model, which means physicians will be reimbursed differently.

The legislation will take effect January 1, 2017. Here’s what you need to know about the MACRA final rule.

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4 Ways Physicians Can Reduce Task Time on EHRs

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Dec 16, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Technology can have many benefits. It can shorten the time spent on tasks, make finding information easier and make communication easier.

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Cardiothoracic Surgeons Love Their Jobs: Here’s What They Had to Say

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Dec 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Think back to an unforgettable experience in your life. Maybe it was that time you ate one of the most delicious dinners you’ve ever had. Maybe it was a concert where the arena was full of energy and excitement. Maybe it was simply a perfect cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop that brightened your day.

What made that experience so special? Whether it was the chef who prepared your meal, the band members who put on a show or the barista who made your drink, every one of these people loved their jobs — and it showed.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Technology in Medicine: 5 Stats for Doctors and Patients

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Dec 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Thanks to technological advances like the internet and smartphones, patients and doctors have a seemingly endless stream of information at their fingertips. Patients no longer have to wait for a doctor’s phone call to get test results and can view all their information from anywhere in the world.

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What to Know about the CDC's Safer Dialysis Initiative

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Dec 5, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Behind cardiovascular disease, bloodstream infections are the second highest killer of hemodialysis patients. The death rates from infection could be halved if dialysis facilities implemented the CDC’s Core Interventions for Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention, the health agency notes.

To make dialysis professionals more aware of these interventions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a “Making Dialysis Safer for Patients” initiative.

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Topics: Clinical Trends, Hemodialysis

5 Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Nov 30, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), a progressive disease that can lead to kidney failure and death, affects 26 million Americans. Early detection can help to prevent or delay progression of the illness. However, early detection can be problematic because the signs and symptoms of early kidney disease are often not obvious.

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Topics: Hemodialysis