Healthcare Reform

News and opinion articles related to healthcare reform laws and initiatives, including technological, political and institutional implications.

ERs Go Mobile with Reservations

ERs Go Mobile with Reservations | Medical Blog

More than 100 hospital emergency departments are borrowing an idea from the restaurant industry: online reservations. Additional concierge services such as mobile apps for wait times make ER experiences more agreeable.…

Top 10 Physician Burnout Triggers

Top 10 Physician Burnout Triggers | Guest Blog

Being a doctor is a privilege, but sometimes the pressures can turn the nicest doc into a jerk.Here is my Top 10 list of things that make me feel symptoms of burnout.

Survey Says: 86% of Docs’ Income is “Flat or Declining”

Survey Says: 86% of Docs’ Income is “Flat or Declining” | Medical Blog

A recent survey from the Physician’s Foundation revealed a snapshot of what physicians are thinking in 2012 about the practice of medicine, their career plans, and the current state of the healthcare system. Gathering response from 13,575 physicians, the survey asked questions directly impacting quality and access to patient care in the United States, such as salary, hours worked, and number of patients being seen.…

Medical Technology: Dangerous Curves Ahead

Medical Technology: Dangerous Curves Ahead | Medical Blog

Rather than fighting the inevitable, PCPs should carve out a new role in patient care that addresses the weaknesses of MinuteClinics and computerized care.

Obama vs Romney on Healthcare in First Debate

Obama vs Romney on Healthcare in First Debate | Medical Blog

 

President Obama and Mitt Romney made some swift punches on healthcare in the first presidential debate Wednesday night. Healthcare was officially allotted 15 minutes in the 90-minute debate, so let’s check out their argument breakdown:…

Health IT: Patients Ready, Docs Lagging | Medical Blog

The failure to recognize the gap in Health IT readiness between physicians and patients threatens to widen healthcare disparities.

In the Political Healthcare Debate, the Patients Always Lose

In the Political Healthcare Debate, the Patients Always Lose | Guest Blog

The "us vs. them" mentality of the healthcare reform debate is playing the power game with the lives of my patients.

Physician-Authored Book Addresses Transparency in Healthcare | Medical Blog

An urgent call to make our healthcare more transparent, more democratic, and safer for patients.

How to Lower 30-Day Hospital Readmission Rates

How to Lower 30-Day Hospital Readmission Rates | Guest Blog

The solution is quite simple — let the patients die.

NPs Practicing Independently? AAFP Says No

NPs Practicing Independently? AAFP Says No | Medical Blog

The idea of advanced practice nurses directing primary care practices on their own without a physician on staff has been a hot topic of discussion lately among the healthcare and public policy communities. The rationale behind most of these proposals stems from the U.S.…