Physicians

Opioid Prescriptions
Curbing an Epidemic: How Providers Impact Opioid Use

Opioid addiction was recently declared a national emergency after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who leads the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, likened the death toll to a “Sept. 11 every 3 weeks.” In 2015 alone, more than 52,000 Americans died of a drug overdose…

MACRA
Delays to MACRA Schedule Could Carry Unintended Risks

CMS’ new proposed rule outlining changes to MACRA for 2018 was hailed as good news for providers, expanding reporting exemptions, loosening EHR standards, and delaying cost-based outcome scoring in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The move was widely anticipated, as HHS secretary Tom Price has publicly stated his intent…

hospital outpatient procedures
The Hidden, Growing Problem of Physician Burnout

The current political climate has generated a lot of uncertainty regarding future healthcare developments, but the debate over national policy can sometimes overshadow issues affecting the frontlines of patient care. One growing problem is physician burnout, manifesting itself in a lack of enthusiasm for work, growing cynicism about patients or…

Hospital ER wait times
Are Today’s Providers Overwhelmed by Quality Reporting?

In today’s healthcare delivery environment, few concerns are as important to providers, payers, and consumers as quality. Quality scores can drive patients towards or away from hospitals and doctors, determine reimbursement rates, and subject organizations to a wide range of government incentives or penalties. Most would agree that quality measurements…

Medicare
Are Medicare Payment Adjustments Exacerbating Physician Shortages?

Healthcare analysts have focused a lot of attention on the physician shortage in the US, especially after the passage of the ACA, which increased insurance coverage and demand for services. One interesting resource the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) makes publicly available is its Market Saturation and Utilization…