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Rep. Tom Price Confirmed as Next HHS Secretary

February 10, 2017 - Representative Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) is the new head of the Department of Health & Human Services. After weeks of debate, the Senate completed a vote in the early hours of February 10, one split perfectly along party lines: 52 to 47 (with one not voting). The process of becoming HHS Secretary began for Price began back on January 18 with a hearing called by the Senate Committee on...


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68% of New Doctors Prefer to be Employed Physicians

by Jennifer Bresnick

Newly-minted physicians have between fifty and one hundred job offers to sift through before the starch even wears out of their lab coats, according to a new survey by Merritt Hawkins, and the majority will choose employment with a larger...

Survey: 81% of physicians feel over-extended by patient load

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHRs, meaningful use, and ICD-10 aren’t the only things stressing out physicians who are increasingly struggling to make ends meet while rising to the challenges of federal initiatives and changing patient demographics.  A survey of...

4.2M gain insurance under ACA, but IT glitches cost big bucks

by Jennifer Bresnick

At least 4.2 million patients have gained health insurance coverage since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but states that experienced severe IT glitches with their health insurance exchanges have seen significant economic...

How will healthcare reform impact healthcare spending?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Following the one-time costs of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health share of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to increase at a slower rate than it has historically although it will still...

How healthcare M&A push consumer-centric, value-based care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While the value of health services deals showed positive increases and the volume maintained a consistent pace from the first half of 2013 to the first half of 2014, several health sectors saw reductions while other saw upticks in deal...

HHS unveils two moves to improve patient-centered care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) continues its push to ensure that patients have access to high-quality and affordable care in two recent announcements related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The...

Should hospitals reconsider charity care in light of the ACA?

by Jennifer Bresnick

When it comes to lower income patients or those who lack health insurance, hospitals often find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place.  While no clinician wants to make their treatment decisions based on who can or cannot pay...

Why do some hospital revenues rise while others see a crisis?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Seeing the words “hospital” and “revenue cycle” in the same sentence is more likely than not to produce a gloomy, bitter outlook for healthcare professionals.  Hospitals have always been overworked, understaffed, and short of...

How do mandates affect docs, health IT staff differently?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Legislative changes have already begun or are beginning to leave an impression on the healthcare industry and impacting healthcare professionals differently depending on their role in an organization, in the clinic or in support of health...

Revenue cycle, health IT tools are vital as patients pay more

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes hold in a big way and accountable care models ask patients to take more financial responsibility for their health and well being, the adoption of revenue cycle management (RCM) tools has become the...

Why are payers concerned with patient engagement strategies?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While healthcare organizations and providers are addressing strategies for engaging patient populations in the pursuit of incentive or value-based reimbursements, payers are actively looking for ways to engage this same population as...

HHS invests $183.4M in support of primary, community care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

This week is shaping up to be a financially significant one for the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The agency is shelling out more than $180 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to support the training of new...

How is the physician shortage impacting rural Missourians?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The shortage of primary care physician in Missouri is leading to disparities in healthcare between rural and urban patient population and forcing the state to make important changes to its primary care system, according to a special report...

Is new leadership the answer to reforming HealthCare.gov?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Former Department of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius presumably took the fall for the failed launching of the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, and her successor is currently rolling out a plan to avoid similar troubles...

What can healthcare in other countries teach the US?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite leading the world in spending on healthcare, the United States continues to lag behind other industrialized nations in performance, according to a recent report published by the Commonwealth Fund. Of the 11 countries studied in the...

What is driving a physician shortage, how can it be stopped?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As its name insists, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is supposed to give more American access to reasonably-price healthcare, but this affordability would prove fruitless if the number of primary care physicians in the United States...

Community health centers using EHRs, PCMH to meet ACA needs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Community health centers (CHCs) are upgrading their EHR technology and adopting the techniques involved with the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model in order to meet the new demands of the Affordable Care Act.  But a study of...

Physician leadership marries clinical, management expertise

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) doesn’t think it’s any surprise that the top five hospitals in the nation have physician leaders at the helm, nor that the number of physician executives is growing rapidly as...

Data analytics, info sharing vital to HHS nominee’s approach

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is a well-respected figure on the Hill based on the opening remarks of several senators during her confirmation hearing to become the successor to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary...

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