QR codes in the medical practice
By now you've noticed those funny little boxes in the corner of magazine ads and posters. Although originally developed for the auto industry, these quick response codes can also find a home in the physician practice.
Healthcare tops job growth estimates
Heatlhcare jobs are expected to be the fastest-growing category through most of the new decade.
California limits appointment wait times
Ten business days is the most time California private health plan members will have to wait for a non-urgent appointment with a primary care physician.
Study: Physician's mood affects care
Physicians' moods affect number of prescriptions, referrals and lab tests ordered, as well as amount of time spent talking with patients, a new study shows.
Group petitions for Medicaid increases
National and state organizations representing physicians were among 118 organizations that sent a lettter to House and Senate leaders supporting equality of Medicaid and Medicare rates for primary care services.
Connecticut Attorney General sues over data research
Connecticut AG sues Health Net of Connecticut in January for failing to secure private medical records and financial information of 446,000 enrollees.
44 percent of practices use electronic health records
Nearly 44 percent of office-based physicians reported using all or partial electronic health record systems in practice.
Survey: Only half of hospitals compliant with 'meaningful use'
U.S. hospitals are only halfway to qualifying for government incentive payments aimed at controlling healthcare costs while improving the quality and effective delivery of patient care, according to a survey released by technology consulting firm CSC.
New EHR certification group emerges
A software lab in Austin, Texas, is submitting to become a EHR certification group.
Report: Little demand for public option
Congressional Budget Office notes few Americans would enroll in public health insurance option if it were available.
Study: Eye contact suffers with technology
Survey shows British PCPs feel they spend more time looking at computer screens in the exam room than they do with their patients.
Smaller practices may be exempt from 'red flags'
Practices with 20 or fewer physicians may end up being exempted from the new "Red Flag" rule which requires physicians' practices and other businesses to spot and report identity theft.
Out-of-network fee database established
A non-profit and a research network at Syracuse University have forged a partnership to develop a database for consumer medical care reimbursement.
Boost your practice's technology savvy
Although much attention is being paid to software solutions, gadget and tool providers continue to release new equipment options.
State Roundup: California won't expand psychologists' power
The California office of administrative law rejected a proposal that would have expanded the scope of practice of psychologists and potentially all other health care practitioners.
Medicare pay fix bill shelved
Senate shelved bill that would have cut out the method which CMS uses to calculate physician fees
Long-term care policy can affect assets
Long-term care insurance can enable residents to protect personal assets if enrolled in Medicaid
Vermont offers free e-prescribing to physicians
Vermont physicians will get thre years' free access to an e-prescribing program thanks to a federal grant
Social pressure boosts hygiene
Hand-washing more likely when others are watching
Medical school enrollment on the rise
First-year enrollment in U.S. medical schools up 2 percent
AAFP division announces EHR selection program
AAFP forges partnership to help members and physicians select EHR vendor
Contract should ensure EHR compliance
Practices making the plunge into electronic health records prior to the final definition of "meaningful use" should require the EHR contract guarantee the system will meet those requirements.
More practices looking to be acquired
Economic and health reform uncertainty have more primary care practices considering selling to hospitals, according to discussion at the 2009 Medical Group Management Association annual conference in Denver last month.
Survey: Medicare Part B is the easiest
Medicare Part B causes medical groups the least amount of hassle, according to a survey of 1,700 practices released at the Medical Group Management Association?s annual conference in Denver last month.
How an integrated care group turns the tide against cardiometabolic disorders
Holston Medical Group employs team-based strategy to treat patients with cardiometabolic disorders.
Guide to health savings accounts
HSAs are a tax-free, interest-bearing investment tool in which funds deposited can be spent only on qualified health services.
Medicare cracks down on false claims
Pfizer allegedly promoted four drugs for off-label indications and caused false claims to be submitted to government health care programs for uses that were not medically accepted indications and therefore not covered by those programs.
State roundup: Massachusetts physician shortage worsens
A look at state legislation affecting primary care doctors.
Medicare backs state medical home projects
The Department of Health and Human Services will join state multi-payer patient-centered medical home demonstration programs next year as a payer.
Meditation, sharing help prevent burnout
Meditation and experience sharing may improve mood and lower feelings of burnout, according to a study in JAMA.
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