June 10, 2019 |  0
Public and private payers incentivizing providers (P4P) to coax desired clinical behaviors have failed. Both CMS derived measures and those used by commercial insurers, many of which overlap, fail to pass Good Housekeeping standards and lack the reliable characteristics indicators must possess. Whether those indicators are valid, attributable, or meaningful makes all the difference in […]
April 25, 2019 |  2
In April 2017, CMS implemented the new physician specialty code C6, specifically for hospitalists. There has been a lot of confusion about what this means and some uncertainty about why clinicians should bother to use it. Some folks thought initially that it was a new CPT code they could use to bill hospitalist services, which […]
March 6, 2019 |  0
You have read constant references about ACOs (accountable care organizations) in every journal you pick up until you are blue in the face, I’m sure. You or your hospital might even be participating in one. Mostly all straight Medicare patients (the two-thirds not in Managed Medicare) are eligible for inclusion. You need two things to […]
February 26, 2019 |  4
A couple of months ago, I wrote about some key findings from a 2018 survey of US physicians by The Physicians Foundation. It’s no surprise to anyone working in healthcare today that the survey found alarming levels of professional dissatisfaction, burnout, and pessimism about the future of medicine among respondent physicians. Sadly, it appears that […]
By Jennifer Burtch, DNP, MSN, ANP-C
February 21, 2019 |  1
By: Jennifer Burtch, DNP, MSN, APRN, ANP-C It’s the beginning of the year, and as a nurse practitioner, I have been looking for medical conferences that provide the most up-to-date information and expertise in hospital medicine. The caveat is finding one that has pharmacology hours needed for annual licensure. I prefer to attend conferences in […]
January 14, 2019 |  0
“The Joint Commission – [insert name of your institution here] is in the survey window.” A message you have become accustomed to seeing every few years at your hospital–and one administrators liken to habanero sauce on a gaping cold sore. But there is something else you should know. Bet you were not aware of this […]