Many cerebrovascular neurosurgeons use a Doppler flow probe to measure flow velocity during a procedure. However, a Transit-time ultrasound micro-flowprobe provides more objective volume flow measurements during cerebrovascular surgical procedures.
Medical specialists are in increasing demand, as evidenced by the latest data tracking physician recruitment and salary trends from Merritt Hawkins. The data show that hospitals, health systems and other medical groups are seeking more physician specialists and fewer primary care physicians.
Evolving healthcare technology offers plenty of advantages for healthcare professionals and enhances the quality of care they provide. But there’s a dark side to implementing advanced tech in hospitals and private practices.
Cybercrime is on the rise, and all the information we collect and store makes the healthcare industry a prime target for data-hungry hackers. In fact, 34 percent of the ransomware attacks in 2017 impacted healthcare organizations, according to a report by Cylance.
Luckily, there are a few ways you can help strengthen your defense. Here’s what you need to know about healthcare cybersecurity.
As a physician, jetting off on lengthy trips abroad to immerse yourself in new cultures can seem a far-fetched dream — something only available to those with careers that allow them to work remotely. After all, in this occupation, taking extended vacations can be tricky.
Although it was developed to increase transparency and facilitate communications, some healthcare professionals worry the Sunshine Act is negatively impacting their reputation with patients.The Sunshine Act requires drug, medical device and biologics manufacturers participating in federally funded healthcare programs to report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) any compensation given to physicians, teaching hospitals or group purchasing organizations.
Data recordings of these transactions began in August 2013 and since then, physicians and teaching hospitals have worried this information could undermine patient trust and threaten the doctor-patient relationship.
If you’re feeling burned out by the arduous, time-consuming requirements set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) governing physician payments, you’ll be happy to know the agency has made several changes to simplify and improve the Quality Payment Program (QPP) process.After considering extensive feedback from the medical community, CMS released its final rule for its Medicare Quality Payment Program in 2019, under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
You can read the full CY 2019 Quality Payment Program final rule text here, but we’ve broken down five key MACRA 2019 changes physicians need to know:
The growth in healthcare spending slowed over the past two years, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released at the end of 2018.
Total U.S. spending on healthcare grew 3.9 percent in 2017 and 4.8 percent in 2016. This decline comes on the heels of two years of relatively fast growth of 5.3 percent in 2014 and 5.8 percent in 2015.
Although the declining growth rate has some analysts ringing the alarm bells and others celebrating, it’s important to consider some key factors impacting this change.
Here are three reasons the growth in U.S. spending on healthcare has slowed:
Doctor-patient communication plays a big role in how compliant a patient is with treatment and his or her outcomes. And identifying and understanding why a patient has made an appointment can encourage and make doctor-patient communication easier. However, recent research has revealed that physicians only ask patients what brings them in about 36 percent of the time, and when they do, it takes about 11 seconds for them to interrupt the patient.
It’s been 10 years since the World Health Organization (WHO) released its surgical care checklist tools to help improve outcomes and decrease postoperative mortality rate. Now, the checklists are receiving a few updates.
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