Tag Archives: Healthcare

How Can States Follow Maryland’s Lead to Empower Primary Care Physicians?

Primary care provider consults patient.

The Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP) equips physicians with the tools, technology, resources, and financial incentives to advance value-based care, improve health outcomes, and reduce costs. Siobhan Kirksey, MSN, RN, examines how states can learn from this innovative, proven model.

Study: Patient Volumes Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Provider checks patient's heartbeat using stethoscope.

New data indicates some specialties’ outpatient volumes are rebounding to prepandemic levels. However, many patients have avoided care during the pandemic. What does the data tell us about how care teams can engage patients to increase visit volume?

What Haven’s Demise Taught Us About Innovation and Disruption in Healthcare

The end of once-promising joint venture Haven can teach us about the challenges of innovation and disruption in healthcare. How can three vital lessons inform our approach moving forward?

Recent Hospital Breaches Reveal Disturbing New Cybersecurity Trend

Hacked computer due to cybersecurity weakness

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported 28 separate cybersecurity breaches related to patient data. Two recent attacks on hospital chains are part of a larger emerging trend in healthcare hacking.

New Study: Telehealth Skyrocketed, but Not Evenly

Sick man uses telehealth via laptop to talk to doctor.

A new study by Health Affairs shows the degree to which telehealth skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this rise was not even across specialties or patient demographics. What groups are left out — and how is the industry shifting to include them?

The Racial Disparities of Heart Health

American Heart Month is the time of year where patients can recognize and assess their own risks of heart disease. Racial disparities exist in all aspects of the healthcare system, especially when it comes to certain conditions such as heart health. What are some ways physicians can intervene?

Data Shows Worsening Burnout Rates Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Stressed doctor takes a break.

New data shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the rate at which certain medical professionals are reporting burning out. According to the study by Medscape, the burnout rate in primary care has dropped from 51 to 47 percent, but other specialties and female physicians have risen in risk.

CMS Finalizes Prior Authorization Rules, Receives Pushback

Doctor making phone call to ask question.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized the “CMS Interoperability and Prior Authorization” rule. How might this rule improve data exchange and decrease administrative burden for providers?

Investing in Primary Care

Despite having influence in over 90 percent of healthcare costs, the U.S. only invests 5 percent of the total budget in primary care. How can we invest in primary care to increase access and enhance the patient experience?



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