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Physicians Making Progress on EHR Adoption
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

It seems to be difficult—perhaps more difficult than it should be—to get an accurate estimate of how many physician offices are actually using electronic health record systems. But progress has definitely been made. [Read More]
  January 14, 2010

Editor's Picks
Medicare Payment Panel Likely to Remain in Final Reform Bill
Nearly 75 healthcare organizations—including the AHA, MGMA, AAMC, and the American College of Surgeons—called for Congress to drop the proposed Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) from consideration in the reconciled healthcare reform bill. However, the board still has bipartisan support outside of the healthcare community (the idea was initially proposed by a Republican) and will likely remain in the legislation as a way to control long-term growth. [Read More]
Should Doctors, Not DMV, Lead Organ Donor Push?
Primary care physicians could increase Americans' willingness to become organ donors by educating their patients on the process during routine office visits and discussions about end-of-life care, according to a study in the January issue of the Journal of the National Medical Association. This makes more sense than deciding at departments of motor vehicles, where there are no medical professionals to answer questions people might have. [Read More]
Physician offices will see a decade of job growth
The number of physicians, administrators, and allied health professionals employed by medical practices is expected to increase substantially from 2008 to 2018. The challenge, however, will be filling all of the vacancies as demand grows. Practices may struggle to find room in the budget to hire needed additional personnel, and if they do have the money, there's no guarantee that candidates will be available if shortages intensify. Still, the growth prospects for healthcare, particularly outpatient care, are looking good for several years. Not every industry is so lucky. [Read More]
Doctors Demand Better Medicaid Reimbursements
Several major primary care physician organizations are among the 118 groups that sent a letter Tuesday to congressional leaders in the House and Senate urging them to support "equality of Medicaid and Medicare rates" for primary care services. Medicaid rates average about 66% of Medicare rates for primary care services, and for many doctors the disparity is becoming unsustainable. However, increasing Medicaid rates when many governments are facing budget shortfalls may be a tall order. [Read More]
Business Rx
Doctors Work to Balance Business of Medicine with Patient Care
Believe it or not, there are some physicians out there who only want to practice medicine, the noble profession to which they've dedicated their entire lives. For some reason, claims coding updates, haggling with insurance companies, monitoring the new walk-in clinic across the street, recruiting new partners to the practice, and developing relationships with referring physicians don't interest them. Depending upon who's talking, these medicine-only physicians represent either a dying breed or a growing trend. [Read More]
Physician News
Physician Groups: Proposed Health Plan Tax Would Hamper Care Coordination, Raise Premiums
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - January 13, 2010
Few Doctors Account for Bulk of Workers' Comp Expenses, Says Study
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - January 12, 2010
For severely ill children, a dearth of doctors
Wall Street Journal - January 12, 2010
Ingenix offers doctors no-interest loans for EMRs
Minneapolis Star Tribune - January 8, 2010

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