From smart refrigerators to door locks you control with your phone, virtually every aspect of our lives has gone digital. Our healthcare is no exception. Medical devices such as insulin pumps and implantable cardiac pacemakers are going “online” which means that just like computers and their networks, these devices can be vulnerable to security breaches.
Medicare Advantage plans, with their reduced or free premiums and low out of pocket costs, have been a great help to many people. According to new data, the Advantage program looks ready to have another positive year of growth in 2018.
Cardiovascular disease accounts for approximately 800,000 deaths per year in the United States or one out of every three deaths. Coronary heart disease accounts for the majority of cardiovascular disease deaths, followed by stroke and heart failure. Although deaths due to heart disease have declined over the past 10 years, it remains the leading cause of death in the US.
With the debate over the ACA and healthcare reform raging in Washington, it seems like the only headlines made by the Federal healthcare structure these days are negative. However, a new study shows reasons to be positive about some of the changes that have been made in the Medicaid system.
When it’s time to pick a family doctor, sorting out all the deciding factors can be confusing. What does your family need? If you want a doctor who can see both yourself and your children, do you need a physician who specializes in family medicine? Or is an internist the right fit for your household? What even is the difference?
It’s a Sunday afternoon and your child has an alarmingly high fever. Or you have cut yourself preparing dinner and think you need stitches. Do you head to the ER? If you’re like an increasing majority of Americans, your next move is not the hospital, but to visit a walk-in urgent care clinic.
It’s a new year, and a great time to look at what challenges may lie ahead for medical professionals and practices in 2018. One thing is for certain, there will be uncertainty!
January 1, 2017 marked the beginning of the first performance year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act or 2015 (MACRA). Beginning in 2019, the QPP will adjust payment rates for physicians and other eligible health care professionals for participation in 2017 under one of two payment tracks: One is a payment system with incentives or penalties for reporting and meeting certain quality measures, demonstrating use of a certified electronic health record and other measures through the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS); alternately the provider may receive a 5 percent lump sum bonus payment if the physician has a threshold portion of their revenue, or patients in a qualifying Advanced Alternative Payment Model.
Happy holidays! Can you believe 2017 is almost over? It has certainly been an eventful year, on all fronts. Everyone knows there has been significant political upheaval around the globe and terrible natural disasters. The attention grabbing, negative headlines have, in many cases, overshadowed some great news in the medical world. 2017 has brought some exciting advances in clinical research and promising news of potential drug breakthroughs that could help people suffering ailments from migraines to cancer.
Health care reform. Is it ever going to happen? After a parade of disappointments in Congress, it may seem like nothing is really going to change. This summer saw four failed attempts to repeal the ACA. At one point, the Cassidy-Graham bill seemed to have a real chance of success. Then it ran into the same hurdles that have killed every other GOP health plan.