More: Health Policy & Regulation

The Rundown | Week of 9.17.2018

What does the FDA’s clearance of Apple Watches mean for wearables? What’s the true cost of healthcare illiteracy? Can aspirin regimens do more harm than good? Find the answers to these questions and more in The Rundown, our weekly digest of healthcare’s most important issues!

Podcast Preview: "The Murky Ethics of Wearables"

Wearables like Fitbit and Apple Watch may save lives, but also unearth ethical concerns and questions. What information is off-limits? What will happen to the patient-doctor relationship? Is my insurance provider monitoring me? In this podcast, we discuss morality and technology with professor Lisa Eckenwiler, Ph.D.!

MDPCP: A Five-Point Debrief for Busy Maryland PCPs

Maryland is a trailblazer when it comes to healthcare. Since the 1970s, Maryland has eschewed the other 49 states’ approach by adopting an all-payer system for hospital services. This unorthodox move effectively eliminated cost-shifting between hospitals. Then, in 2014, the state pivoted once again to a model that emphasized quality-care delivery, population health strategies, and …

Healthcare Consumerism: What Do Patients Want, What Can Providers Offer?

What Is Healthcare Consumerism? With the recent appointment of Atul Gawande — surgeon, author, and public health Renaissance Man — to CEO of the yet-unnamed insurance venture itself formed by three CEOs, the topic of consumerism in healthcare is part of a national discussion. This group of CEOs, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon, …

How Should Primary Care Providers Prepare for the CVS/Aetna Merger?

CVS Health and Aetna rang in the New Year with a massive $69 billion merger, a healthcare deal that is being recognized as the largest of its kind in history, surpassing Express Scripts’ $29 billion acquisition of Medco in 2012. It’s also being heralded as the merger that might change healthcare as we know it, …

The Rundown | Week of 1.29.2018

Busy provider looking for healthcare news? Check out The Rundown. The Market Reacts to Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, Berkshire Hathaway Merger Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway have announced their plans to create a health insurance company for their employees, reports Forbes. ‘”Tackling the enormous challenges of healthcare and harnessing its full benefits are …

Medicare Advantage: What it Means for Your Independent Practice

Medicare Advantage (MA) has proven to provide better patient outcomes and can be an opportunity for independent physicians interested in participating in value-based programs. But let’s be honest, the program can be confusing. What is MA, really? How are RAF scores determined? What is the benefit of a risk-sharing program?   Medicare Advantage in Simple …

The Rundown | Week of 1.1.2018

Busy provider looking for healthcare news? Check out The Rundown. Healthcare Reform is at the Top of the List Again Republicans are faced with a very familiar problem to start 2018: What to do about Obamacare? According to a new report from USA Today, Congressional Republicans are facing pressure to tackle healthcare. The GOP tax …

The Rundown | Week of 12.11.2017

Busy provider looking for healthcare news? Check out The Rundown. CHIP Funding Dwindles Quickly According to a new report by CNN, 16 states will run out of Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) funds by the end of January. Currently, nine million children in low-income families rely on this program for health insurance. Congress has yet …

Cockroaches and Patient Records

CMS recently issued a mandate requiring Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians to prove that they are not restricting the sharing of patient data. Does this signal the death of the fax machine, American healthcare’s cockroach? I recently listened to an interesting podcast by Vox’s Sarah Kliff that calls faxes the “cockroaches of healthcare.” …



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