Low reimbursements hurt pharmacies, patients; State laws complicate listing nonrelatives as next of kin;

News From Around the Web

> Insufficient reimbursement rates hurt patient and community pharmacy access to generic prescription drugs, according to a new survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association. Survey (.pdf)

> Spaulding Hospital's Salem, Massachusetts branch will halt inpatient operations by the end of September due to federal regulations' projected impact on patient volumes, according to the Boston Business Journal. Article

> State laws often interfere with hospital patients' wishes to list nonrelatives as next of kin, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Study abstract

Practice Management News

> A physician practice's revenue cycle is rarely seamless, largely due to the challenges of managing different and ever-changing rules and idiosyncrasies of various payers. To improve your odds of getting paid, Physicians Practice offers these three tips. Article

> With primary care physicians under ever-increasing pressure to engage patients in proactively managing their own health, medical assistants trained as health coaches may offer a cost-effective approach that pleases patients and fellow clinicians alike, according to a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Article

And Finally… They'll have it their way. Article