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5 ways to boost your bottom line in 2015

Last week's top story, "Practices' top financial challenges of 2014 turned out to be a hotter headline than I'd predicted. Perhaps the popularity of that story speaks to the adage...

Can adding a PA instantly boost your bottom line?

At a time when many practices must do more with less, some experts say that adding one or more physi cian assistants  (PA) to your payroll can help make practice access--and revenue--more abundant, according to an arti cle  from  HCPLive.

Feds could alter how insurers use reference pricing

As more insurers implement reference pricing to help offset rising healthcare costs, the Department of Labor is deciding whether to change an Affordable Care Act provision that would alter how health plans calculate out-of-pocket costs related to the pricing method,  Managed Care  reported.

Despite a stabilizing malpractice environment, experts say tort reform doesn't work

The current medical malpractice environment has grown slightly less treacherous for doctors over the past seven to 10 years, with payouts falling and premiums remaining relatively flat, according to res earch  published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.  But this stabilization of the market has not been due to traditional liability reforms such as those capping damages or scrutinizing qualifications of expert witnesses.

Doctors missing swath of diabetes diagnoses, study suggests

The number of American patients wi th diabetes topped 21 million in 2010, according to an April study publi shed  in the  Annals of Internal Medicine,  but new research publi shed  in the same journal suggests that as many as three in 10 cases currently go undiagnosed.

Some hospitals seek upfront payments from insured patients

Some hospitals and medical groups are starting to make insured patients pay out-of-pocket costs up front.

PwC: Provider, consumer views on healthcare tech closely align

Healthcare providers' and consumers' views closely align when it comes to the promise digital technology holds for care, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

3 ways to avoid losing patients to follow up

From a leg al  and ethical standpoint, physicians must keep patients from missing recommended follow-up care. But while it's not realistic for practices to track down every no-show or noncompliant patient, there are strategies that can reduce the likelihood of a patient's dangerous health condition remaining unaddressed, according to a po st  from the  New York Times.

Highlighting generic drugs in EHRs boosts generic prescribing, cuts care costs

The simple act of listing generic drugs first in a physician's electronic health record can substantially increase generic prescribing and lower the cost of healthcare, according to a new study in the  Annals of Internal Medicine.

Nurses union: OSHA must tighten Ebola protection requirements

National Nurses United called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to implement safety requirements to shield healthcare workers from the deadly Ebola virus.