The increase in Medicaid patients under the Affordable Care Act will exacerbate the looming doctor shortage, with many current practitioners unable to take on any more patients covered by the program, according to the New York Times.
In the era of health reform, your practice is more directly affected by patients' behavior than ever before. This means that even if you prescribe all the right treatment and give top-notch advice, you may still face penalties if your patients don't follow through with the steps they need to take (i.e., complying with your instructions) to make good outcomes possible
Some of our most popular FiercePracticeManagement stories relate to how physicians can talk to their patients about healthcare reform. And according to an article from Kaiser Health News, this is definitely information doctors need to know. Here are resources physicians can use to discuss the Affordable Care Act with their patients.
Even now that health insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act are now open for business, office-based physicians, particularly in primary care, aren't sure how the full rollout of the law will affect their practices.
Now that open enrollment for health exchanges brought by the Affordable Care Act is finally here, confusion among patients still runs high. And their most likely place to field questions is none other than their doctor's office, according to Abraham C. Whaley, co-founder and vice president of consultancy Manage My Practice.
The United States' burgeoning primary care crisis amid the rollout of health reform is akin to "handing out bus tickets when the bus is already full," Perry Pugno, vice president for medical education at the American Academy of Family Physicians, recently told Bloomberg News.
Medical offices across the country still have a ways to go in improving patient wait time and customer service issues surrounding delays, according to a new poll from Angie's List, WFMY News 2 reported.
As several states and the federal government ramp up their efforts to educate the public about healthcare reform and promote the law's health insurance exchanges, Ohio officials are choosing an opposite approach--doing nothing.
It's been just over a year since the Supreme Court decided to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, and implementation deadlines are fast approaching. Nonetheless, knowledge of how the law will work is still shaky at best among the public, while the healthcare industry works hard to prepare amid unanswered questions. Despite the lingering unknowns, FiercePracticeManagement ofers three actions you can take now to get your practice ready for the transition:
Backing up President Obama's claim that healthcare reform is working as planned, hospitals already are achieving cost savings and improved care under the law, Bloomberg reported.