Physician

The Heritage announces walk-in clinic

Through a partnership with Williamson Medical Group, The Heritage at Brentwood, a Life Care Services™ community, has announced it will open a new walk-in clinic.

Doctors' participation jumps in quality and e-prescribing programs

Doctors' participation jumps in quality and e-prescribing programs

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Physician participation in the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Program grew 47% from 2012 to 2013, according to a federal report released late last week.

Researchers recommend attacking loneliness to lower seniors' costs, doctor visits

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More aggressive interventions with lonely elders may significantly decrease physician visits and healthcare costs, authors of a recent study conclude.

More than half of Alzheimer's patients never learn of diagnosis: Report

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A new report by the Alzheimer's Association asserts that fewer than half of Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers ever learn of their diagnosis from a physician, and those who do typically don't learn of it until they are in the advanced stages of the disease.

Baker selected by Joint Commission

Baker selected by Joint Commission

David W. Baker, M.D., FACP, MPH is the new executive vice president in the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation in the Joint Commission.

SigmaCare launches ePrescribing tool

SigmaCare has launched an ePrescribing solution, enabling providers to meet compliance standards with the New York State ePrescribing Mandate.

Dirty hands needed

Dirty hands needed

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Gardening is magic. Gardening is mindfulness. Gardening is therapist, physician and personal trainer without spandex or a copay. And now researchers have confirmed that gardening can help nursing home patients suffering with dementia.

LeadingAge's CAST releases EHR matrix selection tool

LeadingAge's Center for Aging Services Technologies released its 2014 version of a tool to let long-term providers choose the best electronic health record for their facility.

Doctors are dropping the ball during hospital to nursing home transfers, survey shows

Doctors are dropping the ball during hospital to nursing home transfers, survey shows

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Poor communication between physicians is the No. 1 issue hurting patient transitions between hospitals and nursing homes, according to a recent survey of long-term care professionals.

Eliminating the "Black Hole": Transitions of care

Eliminating the "Black Hole": Transitions of care

In the early days of hospitalist medicine, we described the period between hospital discharge and follow-up at the skilled nursing facility, long-term care acute care hospital or a primary care physician as the infamous "Black Hole.

Recruitment for rural physicians starts with a summer program

Recruitment for rural physicians starts with a summer program

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A new report on the Summer Community Program out of the University of Missouri School of Medicine reflects the program's success. The 15-year study says that when medical school graduates participate in the program, which places them in a rural community for four to six weeks between the first two years of medical school, it makes them more likely to practice in rural areas once they are out of school.

Physician, pharmacist important players in long-term care cases: study

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Interdisciplinary teams that include a nursing home resident's physician and a pharmacist improve quality of care, a new study finds.

CMS eases doc delegation

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Skilled nursing operators now have greater flexibility in allowing non-physicians to do certain tasks. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarified what may be delegated in an April 3 brief.

CMS clarifies physician delegation of tasks in skilled nursing facilities

CMS clarifies physician delegation of tasks in skilled nursing facilities

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Nursing home operators can now download a brief clarifying which tasks physicians may delegate to other practitioners caring for Medicare beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in a document released Wednesday.

Current Controversies in the Identification and Management of Cancer-Related Pain: A Case-Based Approach - EXPIRED

Current Controversies in the Identification and Management of Cancer-Related Pain: A Case-Based Approach - EXPIRED

The heterogeneous nature of cancer pain can present challenges for the oncologist as well as for primary care providers, who often care for patients who are in remission but still have lingering cancer or cancer treatment related pain. This activity uses an online, case-based approach to discuss strategies for the optimal management of cancer pain for both the oncologist and primary care clinician.

Open up and say 'Aha'

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OK, raise your hand if you were surprised to learn that physicians averted a major Medicare pay cut that was supposed to take place this week. Didn't think so. I wasn't either.

AHCA disagrees with CMS decision to implement new multiple procedure payment reduction rule

The American Health Care Association spoke out this week after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it is implementing a new payment reduction policy for therapy services because of a "duplication in the practice expense when therapy services are furnished together."

Sheehan warns doctors about new Medicaid overpayment policies

Healthcare reform law provisions pertaining to reporting and returning overpayments present a critical Medicaid challenge facing physicians next year, New York State Medicaid Inspector General Jim Sheehan said this week.

End-of-life care could depend on physician's religion, study suggests

The religious beliefs of your physician could impact the care you receive at the end of life, according to a new British study.

Doc pay fix temporary resolves nursing home therapy reimbursement rates

The recent temporary physician pay fix also decides certain nursing home therapy reimbursement rates.

Medicare physician pay cut contributes to growing trend of patient refusals

Many physicians have begun to limit the number of new Medicare patients they accept following Friday's imposition of a 21% reimbursement cut, but these new patient refusals are just the latest in a growing trend.

Groundhog Day for Medicare physician payment cuts

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There's a game called the "temporary doc fix." Congress plays it every year and I'm beginning to tire of it.

DEA loosens grip on nursing home pain medications

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on Thursday issued an interim rule that slightly relaxes its position on pain medications in nursing homes.

Concerns grow over unsettled issues of therapy caps, Medicare physician pay

Concerns grow over unsettled issues of therapy caps, Medicare physician pay

Tensions are rising among healthcare providers over two unresolved issues: the implementation of Medicare Part B therapy caps and an impending 21% pay cut to Medicare physicians.

Senate takes out therapy caps, physician pay provisions from jobs bill

Senate takes out therapy caps, physician pay provisions from jobs bill

Just hours after unveiling a jobs bill that would extend the therapy caps exceptions process and delay a pay cut for Medicare physicians, Senate leaders last week scrapped it in favor of a bill that contains neither of those provisions.

New draft legislation would extend therapy caps exceptions process

New draft legislation would extend therapy caps exceptions process

Senate Finance Committee leaders Thursday issued a draft of a jobs-creation bill. The legislation would extend the Medicare Part B therapy caps exceptions process and delay through Sept. 30 an impending 21% cut in payments for Medicare physicians.

Snowstorm in capital sidelines discussions on therapy caps, Medicare physician pay cut

Snowstorm in capital sidelines discussions on therapy caps, Medicare physician pay cut

A snowstorm that pummeled the East Coast this week has delayed the Senate's consideration of a jobs bill that would extend the Medicare Part B therapy caps exceptions process and prevent a pay cut for Medicare physicians, according to reports from Washington.

Medicare physician pay fix not bound by new 'pay-as-you-go' rules

Newly approved "pay-as-you-go" budget rules contain an important exception: They allow Congress to delay a pay cut for Medicare physicians for a number of years without necessarily taking money away from other areas of spending.

Behavioral problems widespread between nurses, physicians, report finds

Nearly 98% of nurses and physicians report witnessing behavior problems between colleagues, according to the results of a recent survey.

Changes to Medicare physician pay key to healthcare reform, analysis suggests

Changes to Medicare physician pay key to healthcare reform, analysis suggests

Substantial changes to the Medicare benefit will be needed to affect any real reform or cost savings, and to ensure the program's future solvency, a news analysis suggests. That includes linking doctors' pay to improving patients' health.