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New programs aim to cut costs by increasing primary care physicians pay

Despite their central role in maintaining patients' overall health, primary care physicians have traditionally been on the low end of the pay scale compared to specialists. But programs driven by the Affordable Care Act have offered doctors the opportunity to up to double their pay if they keep patients healthy,  MedCity News  reported. And according to participants, the trend reversal has resulted in more than enough savings to fund the physicians' extra income.

Rising expenses force PCPs to shrink practices

While debate continues about whether independent practices will exist in the future, it's clear that many solo physicians contend with vast challenges. A recent  artic le  from the  Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily  relays the story of Ripley Hollister, M.D., a primary care physician who says rising expenses and falling expenses forced him to shrink his practice.

Why 'systems engineering' is crucial to healthcare delivery transformation

A report published in May by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology calls on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to transform healthcare nationally by engineering a "robust" health information infrastructure. Following up on that report, researchers from the National Quality Forum in the District of Columbia who helped pen the document have outlined and dissected the report's recommendations.

NP autonomy expands in Kentucky

Nurse practitioners (NPs) in Kentucky can prescribe routine medications without a doctor's involvement starting this week--if they completed a four-year collaboration with a doctor,  Kaiser Health News  reported.

Relationships top predictor of patient loyalty

With payer networks narrowing and patients' out-of-pocket expenses rising, patient loyalty isn't what it was. But while many variables go into a patient's decision of whether to stick with a healthcare provider, research compiled by  Medscape  indicates strong relationships are critical to patient retention.

How Ritz-Carlton helped one hospital reduce readmissions to.74 percent

The Ritz-Carlton hotel doesn't just inspire lessons in customer service and hospitality, it also inspired one Midwestern hospital to decrease readmissions for hip and knee replacements to.74 percent, according to a story from  Becker's Hospital Review.

Experts debate ACA's influence on the nursing profession

A recent article from  gathered information from nurses and experts on the Affordable Care Act, and what effect the healthcare reform law will have on the future of nursing. There's only one thing that's certain: Uncertainty.

Hospital employment on the rise among primary care physicians

Hospital employment among doctors is becoming more popular. The number of hospital-employed primary care physicians increased from 10 to 20 percent from 2012 to 2014, while those who owned single-specialty private care dipped from 12 to 7 percent, according to a new survey from Jackson Healthcare. 

Federal incentives help eRx rate to skyrocket

The rate of physicians who prescribe electronically has skyrocketed thanks to a pair of federal incentive programs, according to new statistics unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

NPs in Kentucky get more prescription independence

Nurse practitioners (NPs) in Kentucky can prescribe routine medications without a doctors involvement starting tomorrow--if they completed a four-year collaboration with a doctor,  Kaiser Health News  reported.