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October 7, 2021
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Treatment patterns with diagnostic imaging for low back pain

Patients with combinations of diagnostic imaging methods had the highest odds of receiving pain medication prescriptions (1.81, 95% CI: 1.66, 1.96, P < 0.001). Although the majority of patients received non-opioid short-term therapies, we found a substantial use of opioids, and in particular, a relative high usage of strong opioids. Our results highlighted the importance of both patient and healthcare provider awareness regarding the prudent treatment of lower back pain.

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October 7, 2021
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The stakes are only growing in the effort to improve the cost effectiveness of health, CMMI’s Elizabeth Fowler says

Elizabeth Fowler, head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, spoke to an HFMA audience about the importance of efforts at the federal level and beyond to improve the cost effectiveness of health. Stakeholders can expect CMMI to develop models to reduce low-value care. A greater number of mandatory models is likely, and CMMI recognizes the need to better support participants. The task of making the U.S. healthcare system more cost-effective is becoming increasingly urgent, the head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) told an HFMA audience.

October 7, 2021
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Learn About Advancing Empathy Policies In Healthcare

Over the last 18 months I have been thinking about the social, moral and financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am seeing historic levels of workforce shortages, clinical burnout and moral injury, as well as continued cost escalation. The pandemic is not over, and these issues are escalating daily. Is it time we look at our past practices and rethink our patient visitation practices that could be reshaped and reimagined to support a culture of high reliability?

September 10, 2021
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Watch Your Language; The Words You Choose Can Actually Diminish the Quality of Care You Provide

Shakespeare may have opined that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” but a new report from JAMA Network Open reveals that the words you choose when speaking with patients matter a great deal—to the extent that they can actually affect healthcare quality and patients’ opinions of you as a provider.

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September 10, 2021
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Difficult-to-treat rheumatoid arthritis may call for psychological therapies

Providers should consider nonpharmacologic therapies, including exercise, education and psychological and self-management interventions, in cases of difficult-to-treat rheumatoid arthritis, according to new EULAR “points to consider.”

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September 10, 2021
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Lightbeam Health Solutions Announces Partnership with Genetic Testing Company, Ambry Genetics

Lightbeam Health Solutions, the leader in end-to-end population health management solutions and services, is proud to announce their partnership with Ambry Genetics, a Konica Minolta Precision Medicine (KMPM) company. The partnership provides precision genetic testing data within the Lightbeam application to help organizations predict increased risk for common cancers and chronic conditions within patient populations.

September 10, 2021
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Patients Who Left You During the Pandemic May Not Return Without an Invitation

As JUCM News has reported, many urgent care operators started suffering downturns in patient visits in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. It could be hard to get those patients back without a concerted effort on your part, according to an article just published by JAMA Network.

August 2, 2021
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Physicians are still ditching independent practice for corporate opportunities

Close to 70% of U.S. physicians were working for private equity firms, hospitals or other corporate organizations as of the beginning of 2021, according to a report released by the nonprofit Physician Advocacy Institute and consulting firm Avalere. This means that only 30% are independently practicing medicine across the nation. 

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Physicians asistant with patient at home
August 2, 2021
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Hospital-at-home programs are gaining traction and have well-documented benefits, experts say

Hospitals that implement home-based acute care realize benefits in costs and outcomes, including mortality, according to the literature.

 

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July 13, 2021
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How to ensure a positive patient financial experience

When it comes to improving the patient experience, providers tend to focus on the front-end experience. Whether it’s enhancing point-of-service interactions or clinical touchpoints in the patient journey, these aspects of patient experience are crucial. But they’re not the only ones impacting net promotor scores (NPS) and HCAHPS results.

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