Healthcare Reform

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

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.…

10 Ways to Make EMR Meaningful and Useful

10 Ways to Make EMR Meaningful and Useful | Guest Blog

What would make EMR truly meaningful rather than just creating more hoops for me to jump through? Here's my dream list.

A Twisted Path Full of Sounds and Fury – Signifying – Nothing.

A Twisted Path Full of Sounds and Fury – Signifying – Nothing. | Guest Blog

It's a terrible time to be poor. It is rarely the physician who won't see the patient but most often the services within hospitals that are inaccessible.

New Additions to the “Never Events” List

New Additions to the “Never Events” List | Guest Blog

Two more complications have been proposed as additions to the CMS “never events” initiative. Do you agree that all these events are 100% preventable?

Use of Preventive Services Lacking Among Americans | News Brief

CDC researchers have found that nearly half of American adults missed out on 15 key preven­tive services prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. The report, available at www.cdc.gov/mmwr, suggests that several other impor­tant disease states will likely improve should the ACA survive Supreme Court scrutiny.…

Is High Health Spending Justified? | News Brief

An international analysis has found that the higher cost of cancer care delivery in the United States appears to be worthwhile. The greater survival gains experienced by cancer patients generated $598 billion of additional value for those diagnosed between 1983 and 1999.…

Managing HIV: A Call to Action for Primary Care Physicians

Managing HIV: A Call to Action for Primary Care Physicians | Feature

A survey of HIV primary care providers has revealed a shifting landscape in their ability to treat the growing number of patients living with HIV.

Our Broken Healthcare System – Feeding the Fat Cats

Our Broken Healthcare System – Feeding the Fat Cats | Guest Blog

All of this money is thrown at care, and what does it get us? Does it get us better care? Does it get us longer lives? Does it get us happier patients, or satisfied doctors?

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Meaningful Use

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Meaningful Use | Guest Blog

At one time we were using our computers in a meaningful way for the benefit of our patients, but now we are being pressured to abandon the patients in order to qualify for “meaningful use.”