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HHS taken to court over 'two-midnight' rule
Health IT Outcomes
The American Hospital Association, together with four delivery systems and four state hospital associations have filed two federal lawsuits challenging the "two-midnight rule" for hospitals, as well as a 0.2 percent payment cut in Medicare to offset alleged higher costs because of the rule, Health Data Management reported.
15-minute visits take a toll on the doctor-patient relationship
Kaiser Health News with USA Today
Patients – and physicians – say they feel the time crunch as never before as doctors rush through appointments as if on roller skates to see more patients and perform more procedures to make up for flat or declining reimbursements.
It's not unusual for primary care doctors' appointments to be scheduled at 15-minute intervals. Some physicians who work for hospitals say they've been asked to see patients every 11 minutes.
Medicare pay list angering doctors may trigger more data
Doctors denounced the accuracy and value of data listing $77 billion in Medicare payments to 880,000 medical providers, while consumer and industry groups said it could make the healthcare system more cost-effective.
Learn how to document diagnoses common to family medicine
Although it's tempting to think otherwise, planning for the transition to the ICD-10-CM code sets for outpatient diagnostic coding still should be at or near the top of family physicians' "to do" lists.
Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines
The Associated Press via New Jersey Herald
Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.
Use of the drug in that setting is hardly rampant — just 3 percent of kids' ER visits resulted in a codeine prescription in 2010, the 10-year study found. But with more than 25 million ER visits by children each year, the authors say far too many kids are getting the drug when better options are available.
Report: NJ physicians are a significant source of job creation, drivers of local economies
New Jersey has more than 22,000 physicians who provide patient care, and they support 234,906 jobs and generate $1.7 billion in economic activity, according to new report from the Medical Society of New Jersey and the American Medical Association.
Larry Downs, chief executive of the Medical Society of New Jersey said, "Physicians remain a significant source of job creation and drivers of local economies."
NJ doctors struggle with electronic records
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Moving from paper to electronic medical records is a mammoth undertaking for small doctors' offices, but one that is crucial to methods of managing care that are focused on keeping people out of the hospital rather than just treating illnesses. Just 21 percent of office-based physicians in New Jersey had even a basic EMR system last year — the lowest percentage among all states, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New Jerseyans find it hard to find doctors who accept their insurance
New Jersey residents are more than four times as likely as the national average to have difficulty finding a doctor who accepts their health insurance, according to a new Rutgers University report.
Of state residents between the ages of 18 and 64, 14.6 percent reported having trouble finding a doctor who would accept their insurance, while 9 percent of those 65 and older had difficulty.
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