Healthcare providers would not be required to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets under a bill (H.R. 1701) introduced to Congress last week by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas). Poe, earlier in April, slammed the new system as excessive, calling it "red tape" and "bureaucracy" typical of "clueless big government."
With physician demand at a fever pitch, medical practices are offering more competitive salaries and attractive benefits to recruit new doctors.
A new program will help military veterans with healthcare experience or training to build on their skills and abilities and earn bachelor's degrees in nursing, Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this week.
For the first time in several years, physician income is up in most specialties, but doctors' attitudes about practicing medicine aren't necessarily on the upswing, according to a new physician compensation report from Medscape Today.
Hospitals that don't educate and cross-train pharmacists, nurses and doctors in medication safety undermine their patient safety efforts, according to an expert from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Under accountable care, healthcare providers and payers are increasingly shaing patient data--and with that comes increased risk that the information falling into the wrong hands.
New research shows medical interns spend very little time directly caring for patients--a potential threat to the patient-physician relationship.
Procrastination continues to run rampant when it comes to the ICD-10 transition. The latest evidence comes courtesy of survey results unveiled this week by healthcare revenue IT vendor Health Revenue Assurance Holdings that show 20 percent of responding small- and mid-sized hospitals have yet to start any education or training for the shift, which has a deadline of Oct. 1, 2014.
As FiercePracticeManagement reported from the Medical Group Management Association conference last fall, several options exist for physicians and practices to maintain their independence while still reaping some benefits of aligning with a hospital.
Despite strong evidence that team-based care models do effectively achieve their goals of improved health outcomes, happier patients and more satisfied physicians and staff, most practices need more help than is currently available to learn how to transform .