November 28th 2023
Patients turn to their primary care physicians for answers, making them a key member of a treatment team.
Difference in completion rates between in-person visits and telehealth visits was stark
November 27th 2023
Physicians can improve patient outcomes, accountability, and the financial bottom line through a hybrid focus on social determinants of health.
Private insurance covered over half of the visits, with Medicare, Medicaid, workers’ compensation, or self-pay accounting for almost 30%
November 22nd 2023
Medical researchers have largely gone to white men to participate in studies. Health care leaders outline ways to cast a wider net, which will lead to better research and treatments for patients.
The 5th Annual Advanced Practice Collaborative™
Advancing Care in Erosive Esophagitis: Towards a Path of Complete Healing
Shaping the Management of COPD with Biologic Therapy
Morning Medical Update: New primary care program for older adults lacks clinical benefits, The Medical School Admissions Cycle: A Month-by-Month Guide, Is a lingering cough after a cold normal?
The top news stories in primary care today.
Use caution when prescribing antibiotics for common ailments
Study finds inappropriate use has financial and health costs
Most patients still have a choice of health plans
Study of enrollment trends highlights the benefits most employers offer their workers
Use empathy and validation to defuse patient anger
Demonstrating to patients that you understand their feelings can reduce tension and restore trust
CMS’ proposed Universal Foundation can be starting point to treat social drivers of health
Physicians Foundation leader discusses support for new quality measures and connections among doctors, patients, payers, and basic resources to be healthy.
Record large class of med students, graduates, head into family medicine
AAFP announces good news for primary care in results of NRMP Match.
Medicare issues guidance on negotiating Part D drug prices
HHS leader says administration is ‘making historic progress’ in pushing down costs for prescription medicines.
Scaling widespread anxiety screening through primary care integration
Physicians are stretched thin, but resources exist to help them help patients — especially youths — with behavioral health concerns.
Novo Nordisk announces insulin price cut for 2024
Company follows Eli Lilly to reduce patient costs as federal health care leaders tout effects of new laws on drug prices.
Trends to watch for the rest of 2023
Here’s what to expect from the pandemic, point-of-care marketing, AI and more for this year and beyond.
Few physicians ask patients about firearm access
Study examines screenings, patient demographics, and primary care as gun violence grows as a public health concern.
Ransomware still a threat, but watch out for hackers invading to steal health care data
‘Extortion without encrypting files’ is a growing risk to cybersecurity of medical computer networks.
Meeting patients online and in person: A slideshow
Researchers examine how patients search online, by website and age.
School-based primary care to add mental health services for young people
Youths still reeling from losses, distress of COVID-19 pandemic, federal leaders say.
Cities around the nation report health care scams: the top 12
In recent years, March historically is top month for medical fraudsters.
President touts health care improvements in 2024 budget
House Republicans rip spending plans’ effects on Medicare, drug innovation.
Can automation solve the prior authorization problem?
It’s clear the state of PA must change. Artificial intelligence has a role in streamlining administrative tasks.
Want to find new patients? Get set up in cyberspace
Survey examines patient preferences for online presence, communications, social media.
Best Buy, Walgreens growing their primary care, home health offerings
They add to recent primary care expansions by Amazon, Walmart.
How text messaging improves patient recall and practice revenue
To successfully navigate these turbulent times, physician practices will need to look for ways to increase revenue and decrease costs to help offset losses and increasing expenses.
CMS leaders propose ‘Universal Foundation’ for health program measures
Adult, youth criteria aim to support care for 150 million people across nation.
Walmart sets goal of 28 new health centers with primary care and more
Retail giant expanding into two new states, with additional growth in Texas.
Physicians need time to examine effects of CMS coding changes for 2024
MGMA agrees accurate billing is essential, but more information is needed before changing the system next year.
Improving compliance, trust and credibility
Working with patients to increase their adherence and the physician-patient relationship.
Schwartz Center launches new initiative to improve well-being for health care workers
Six organizations to implement programs based on six principles for healthy workplace culture.
Clinical communication technology is the key to overcoming lengthy wait times and overcrowding in emergency departments
Bottlenecks in care have serious implications for hospital operations. Here’s one way to relieve the pressure.
Lilly announces price cuts, $35 price cap on insulin
Insulin is not affordable in current health care system, ‘and that needs to change,’ CEO says.
ACIP 2023 Vaccination Schedule Update, At-a-Glance
The 2023 vaccination schedule, as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Patients as consumers are changing the health care industry
Investing in customer experience strategies can improve customer satisfaction, raise employee retention and save companies money in the long term. Private practices that do not maintain digital prowess will have unhappy patients and unhappy employees.
Professional courtesy guidelines for physicians
When can you waive copays or deductibles? Can you provide free care for physician colleagues and their families?
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