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Maximize staff members' licenses and abilities

One more way to ensure your medical practice is running efficiently is to maximize staff members' licenses and abilities, says Auren Weinberg, M.D., in an article on  Physicians Practice.

States take action to ban payers from gender identity discrimination

Insurance companies in Hawaii and Pennsylvania may no longer discriminate against transgendered people when approving coverage for certain medical procedures.

7 emergency procedures account for 80% of deaths, costs

The costs of emergency surgery are soaring, but research published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery found that just seven procedures accounted for 80 percent of admissions, inpatient costs, complications and deaths.

St. Luke's CEO credits evidence-based practices, doc engagement for high-quality ranking

Idaho-based St. Luke's Health System has made Truven Health Analytics' list of the nation's top 15 health systems for the third consecutive year, and CEO David Pate, M.D., credits the ranking to a combination of evidence-based practices, cultural alignment and standardization.

BCBSNC reimbursement delays hurt physician practices

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina's inability to reimburse some providers due to continuing technical glitches is causing financial strain and headaches for some physician practices, according to an  article  from the  News & Observer.  

Zika: HHS Secretary supports call for more funding to combat outbreak

S ecr etary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell, just back from a two-day trip to Puerto Rico, says its imperative that Congress approve the White House administration's request for an additional 1.9 billion in supplemental funding to combat the Zika virus. 

Value-based care may leave teaching hospitals behind

Healthcare needs academic medical centers to drive the innovations and transformation processes currently underway in the industry, but the nature of present-day pay-for-performance measures leaves many such hospitals in the dust, argues a commentary in The Washington Post.

CMS adds flexibility, reduces quality reporting burden in MACRA rule proposal

In a conference call announcing its proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services emphasized its desire to work in partnership with physicians in order to craft a flexible payment model that promotes quality care without placing undue burdens on practices or practitioners.

Hospitalists expand rapidly into post-acute care

Twenty years after hospitalists started shaking up hospital-based healthcare by orchestrating multiple aspects of patient care, a post-acute care subspecialty is the fastest-growing segment of hospitalist medicine,  Medscape  reported.

CMS releases MACRA rule proposal

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a proposed rule tackling the initial implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).