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Physician groups warn MIPS could harm patients, doctors

Physician groups warn MIPS could harm patients, doctors

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 19, 2018

Several medical associations blasted a value-based payment system created by MACRA for potentially causing harm to patients and sparking millions of dollars in financial penalties for providers.

Data Points: We're No. 1 … in healthcare spending

Data Points: We're No. 1 … in healthcare spending

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 07, 2018

The U.S. continues to outpace other industrialized nations in healthcare spending. Researchers from Harvard and the London School of Economics analyzed data from 11 high-income countries and found that although utilization rates were relatively similar, the U.S. spends twice as much on medical care.

Residential mental health jobs drop in March

Residential mental health jobs drop in March

By Tara Bannow  |  April 06, 2018

Job growth in the healthcare sector improved in March, with the biggest gains in ambulatory services. After adding jobs in February, residential mental health facilities saw a staffing drop last month.

Bill would give Virginia nurse practitioners more autonomy

Bill would give Virginia nurse practitioners more autonomy

By Associated Press  |  April 03, 2018

A measure passed by Virginia's General Assembly would allow most types of nurse practitioners with five years of full-time clinical experience to earn approval to practice without maintaining a contract with a physician who oversees them.

Mapping the impact of social determinants of health

Mapping the impact of social determinants of health

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 31, 2018

Physicians increasingly need to address food security, housing and transportation when treating patients. Systems and hospitals are arming themselves with the tools to do that successfully.

Dentist association pushes to curb opioid painkillers

Dentist association pushes to curb opioid painkillers

By Associated Press  |  March 27, 2018

The American Dental Association announced a new policy Monday that "essentially says eliminate opioids from your arsenal if at all possible," said Dr. Joseph Crowley, the group's president. The Chicago-based group represents around 161,000 dentists.

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