Practice Economics

  • Pot legalization tied to drop in opioid prescribing rates

    on March 30th, 2018
    FROM JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE Laws covering medical or recreational use of marijuana are associated with reduced rates of opioid prescribing among federal health care program enrollees, results of two recently published investigations show. In one study, researchers investigated whether medical cannab[...]
  • Certifications, training to increase addiction medicine specialists

    on March 30th, 2018
    Two new workforce developments aim to increase the number of addiction medicine specialists and provide new training opportunities in the subspecialty. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recently certified its first formal wave of addiction medicine physicians, adding 1,200 specialists[...]
  • Could European data privacy rules cost you big?

    on March 29th, 2018
    U.S. health providers who treat foreign patients may want to take a closer look at their privacy policies to make sure they comply with new European Union data protection rules. May 25 heralds the enforcement of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ), a set of rules desig[...]
  • Ranking points physicians toward South Dakota

    on March 29th, 2018
    South Dakota’s nickname may be the Mount Rushmore State, but for physicians it’s the land of opportunity, according to personal finance website WalletHub. South Dakota took the top spot in the 2018 list of the “best states to practice medicine” with 75.97 out of a possible 100 points while N[...]
  • Opinions clash over private equity’s effect on dermatology

    on March 27th, 2018
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM AAD 18 SAN DIEGO – Although the intrusion of private equity in the ownership and operation of U.S. dermatology practices that has been snowballing for a little under a decade is often bemoaned by dermatologists, at least some physicians in the field see it as a positive develo[...]
  • Dr. T. Berry Brazelton was a pioneer of child-centered parenting

    on March 27th, 2018
    You may not realize it, but as you navigated through this morning’s hospital rounds and your busy office schedule, some of what you did and how you did it was the result of the pioneering work of Boston-based pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, MD, who died March 13, 2018, at the age of 99. You proba[...]
  • Preprint publishing challenges the status quo in medicine

    on March 27th, 2018
    Like an upstart quick-draw challenging a grizzled gunslinger, preprint servers are muscling in on the once-exclusive territory of scientific journals. These online venues sidestep the time-honored but lengthy peer-review process in favor of instant data dissemination. By directly posting unreviewed [...]
  • Rheumatologists push back on feds’ association health plan proposal

    on March 23rd, 2018
    A proposed rule defining association health plans has raised red flags for the American College of Rheumatology. In particular, ACR is concerned that, if enacted, the proposed rule published by the Department of Labor on Jan. 5 could create access issues. The rule as proposed would allow employers t[...]
  • Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s could save U.S. trillions over time

    on March 23rd, 2018
    Alzheimer’s disease may cost the United States alone more than $1.3 trillion by 2050, but early diagnosis could be one way to mitigate at least some of that increase, a special report released by the Alzheimer’s Association says. An improved clinical scenario, with 88% of patients diagnosed in t[...]
  • MedPAC to Congress: Eliminate MIPS

    on March 16th, 2018
    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has formally recommended to Congress that it repeal the Merit-based Incentive Payment System track of Medicare’s Quality Payment Program. MedPAC “has concluded that … the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will not fulfill its goals and the[...]
  • Interventions urged to stop rising NAS, stem Medicaid costs

    on March 16th, 2018
    FROM PEDIATRICS The incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and the corresponding costs to Medicaid are unlikely to decline unless interventions focus on stopping opioid use by low-income mothers, said Tyler N.A. Winkelman, MD, of Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, and his associat[...]
  • Match Day 2018: A slow year for pediatrics

    on March 15th, 2018
    Pediatrics saw modest gains in residency slots and matches in what was the largest Match Day on record, according to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Available pediatric PGY-1 slots rose 1.1% to 2,768 for 2018, and total slots filled were up just 0.7% to 2,711 – those totals ranked t[...]
  • Match Day 2018: Family medicine increases positions, matches

    on March 15th, 2018
    Family medicine helped to make the 2018 Main Residency Match the largest ever as the specialty increased residency slots by 8% and accepted 9% more applicants, compared with 2017, according to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Family medicine brought 3,629 PGY-1 positions to the Match D[...]
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