FDA gives nod to Paxlovid for treating COVID-19
Medication is the first in pill form to receive approval
Health care inequities are costing billions across the United States
Medical care, lost productivity, premature deaths take a huge toll on patients, families, and the economy, according to researchers.
Private equity: COVID-19 funding and fraud
Examining where the money went.
Morning Medical Update: Study defines long covid; Cannabis doesn’t carry same COPD risk; No safe way to wean off gender meds
The top news stories in primary care today.
Do EHR upgrades really enhance patient care?
Or are the upgrades like a new video game where the look is new, but nothing else has really changed?
Study highlights challenges of providing diabetes care to rural patients
Patients in urban areas more likely to meet all aspects of key metric of diabetes care
Report: Physician compensation not keeping up with inflation
Even a doubling of median total compensation was not enough to keep up with record inflation rates
Private equity: Studies in quality
Do investors sacrifice patient care for profits?
People skip their doctor appointments when inflation drives up prices
Medical cost data is part of Fed report on national economic well-being.
Morning Medical Update: Party drug confiscation up 349%; Paralyzed man walks with brain and spine implants; What is ‘Disease X’?
Denials management, coding, prior auths require the most expertise in RCM
Navigating payer denials requires the most expertise to handle within revenue cycle management
Primary care practices varied in ability to adapt to telemedicine when pandemic began
Study identifies four broad reasons for differences
Private equity: What do investors look for?
Potential for growth is a key factor.
Integrating mental and behavioral health in specialty care
Our health system is too siloed to recognize patient problems that might cross specialties.
Prescription drug prices, PBMs become targets for more federal leaders
White House announces Medicaid drug cost audits while House committee examines pricing process.
Primary care physicians are not addressing obesity with patients, researchers say
New tool aims to become sustainable program for treating obesity as a disease state, not just other associated conditions.
Morning Medical Update: CDC reports on its Mpox response; Mental illness not a factor in most mass school shootings; HIV infections down 12%
Fostering employee loyalty: Strategies for successful medical practice management
Creating a culture of employee loyalty and commitment is one of the most important contributors to successful medical practice management.
FTC seeks to strengthen protections for personal health data
Agency wants to expand PHR breach reporting requirements to include entities not covered by HIPAA
Mental health wellness programs for clinicians now more accessible due to congressional protection
The physician and provider communities should find these new protections as welcome news.
Prescription nasal spray that reverses opioid overdose receives FDA approval
Nasal spray provides additional tool for harm reduction groups and first responders
Private equity: Spell out details for investors, physicians
Who controls oversight and compliance?
Social media is harming mental health of nation’s youth, surgeon general says
Family physicians endorse new advisory on teens’ constant use of tech and effects their brains, attitudes, and time with family and friends.
High insulin costs lead to rationing for patients with diabetes
Recent developments drive price breaks for necessary substance.
2022 health insurance coverage by the numbers
CDC publishes latest figures on private and public coverage from 2019 to last year.
The benefits of automated medical coding
What if both caring and coding could work together synergistically?
Assistant physicians could relieve shortage of health care around nation, supporters say
Medical students, foreign-trained doctors who don’t match into residencies could be licensed to treat patients while gaining skills.
Morning Medical Update: Atypical mad cow disease detected; Possible antidote discovered for world’s deadliest mushroom; New opioid reversal agent approved
Doctors spending less time on EHR documentation following coding requirement changes
But time reduction is “not clinically meaningful,” study finds
The next generation of AI voice assistants
What’s possible now, and what’s next, and what it means for physicians
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