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NJAFP Town Hall topic announced
The 2014 Summer Celebration and Scientific Assembly is right around the corner. There will be several sessions devoted to the Affordable Care Act and how it is impacting you. One session that you don't want to miss is the Annual Town Hall meeting. The Town Hall is dedicated to discussions around how you and your practice can prepare to meet the challenge of caring for those patients with high-deductible insurance plans. This open dialogue will be moderated by AAFP President Elect, Robert Wergin, M.D., and is sure to guarantee a lively and insightful conversation. The Town Hall will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel in Atlantic City.
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There is still time to register for the SCSA online
There's lots more going on during the SCSA weekend. Robert Wergin, M.D., President-Elect of the AAFP, will provide an update on the ACA and how it is affecting the practice of primary care. There are CME sessions on clinical topics that you will be able to immediately apply to patient care. One unique session is devoted to major depressive disorder and comes with the opportunity to join an online virtual course room where you can earn an additional 5.25 Prescribed credits. The SCSA also offers the opportunity for you to complete your SAM for this year.
We are also pleased to announce that this year, for the first time, all 13 New Jersey Family Residency programs are participating in the Resident Knowledge Bowl. Be there and support your favorite team.
While you are in Atlantic City, join us at the President's Gala to honor incoming President Krishna Bhaskarabhatla, M.D., and the NJ Family Physician of the Year, Jeremy Hewens, M.D.
As you can see, there is a lot going on in Atlantic City June 13-15. If you are family physician you need to be there.
Click here to register for the 2014 Summer Celebration and Scientific Assembly
The NJ Prescription Monitoring Program: Register onsite at the SCSA
NJ Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) representatives will be enrolling family physicians on Friday, June 13, 2014. Enrollment is free and easy. In 3-5 minutes, the PMP representatives will have you completely enrolled in the PMP and you will be up and running by office hours on Monday. Click here for more details.
2 in 5 physicians believe digital health will improve patient outcomes
Two in five physicians agreed that using digital health technology to communicate with patients will improve patient outcomes, according to data from Manhattan Research's Taking the Pulse® U.S. 2014 study. The study found more than a third of physicians said that they had been evaluated or rewarded based on metrics measuring cost of treatment, patient outcomes or referrals over the past year.
10 medical practice management systems for 2014
Practice management and electronic health record systems are increasingly intertwined and often packaged together, but there is one big distinction between them: While many medical practices adopted EHR in search of government incentives, they adopted practice management software for their own purposes. This is the software they use to run their business — scheduling appointments, registering patients, submitting claims and getting paid.
Should doctors work for hospitals?
Hospitals are buying up medical practices at a feverish pace. According to data from the American Hospital Association, the number of physicians employed by hospitals grew by 34 percent between 2000 and 2010, and the pace shows no signs of slackening. In reviewing its data for the past decade, a large physician recruiting firm found that in 2004 only 11 percent of physician searches were conducted by hospitals, but by 2013 that figure had risen to 63 percent.
Medical homes: A fix for our broken healthcare system
The healthcare system is broken; to fix it, we need a new way of thinking about care delivery, healthcare industry experts said at a briefing from the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform in the District of Columbia. The patient-centered medical home offers that opportunity &mdahs; it's more than just a single program or payment model, Amy Gibson, chief operating officer of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative said at the event, "Patient-Centered Medical Homes: The Promise and The Reality."
The 4 basics of medical malpractice
One of every healthcare provider's biggest fears is being named in a lawsuit. Although most did not go into the healthcare profession with the intent to harm, sometimes harm does occur. Often the only way to determine if harm was negligent is through the civil court system and, in extreme cases, the criminal courts. For a patient or family member to seek litigation, four components of medical malpractice must be met for the case to be viable. Every state has different civil litigation procedures; the general process is the same. This article aims to assist the reader in understanding the basic components that make up a medical malpractice case.
CDC report: EHR adoption among office-based physicians reaches 78 percent
The paper medical chart is not long for this world. After 25 years of false starts, doctors are now accepting the electronic health record. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report stating EHR use among office-based doctors has surged to 78 percent in 2013 from just 35 percent in 2007. The findings come from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, which it sends to thousands of non-federal, office-based physicians.
Poll: Most Americans still don't believe ACA has had 'mostly positive impact'
U.S News and World Report
More than half of recently polled Americans still don't think that the Affordable Care Act has made a positive impact for the country, despite the fact there's a new record low of uninsured individuals under the law. According to a report from Bankrate.com, 43 percent of respondents said the Obama administration's flagship healthcare reform law has had a "mostly negative" impact, while 21 percent don't think it's had much of an impact at all. Just 28 percent said it's had a "mostly positive" impact.
As healthcare paradigm shifts, NJ hospitals face uncertain future
New Jersey hospitals are in a bind. Some of them may close in the next few years, experts say, unless they find a way to transform themselves into healthcare systems that focus on keeping patients healthy in an outpatient setting, while dealing with the reality that most revenue is still based on in-hospital services they provide. Hospitals must have cash reserves and an operating margin of at least 3 percent or they may face a financial crisis, according to current and recent hospital executives.
NJ training primary care doctors to screen for post-Sandy trauma
As hurricane season ramps up again, the New Jersey Department of Health wants to help primary care doctors better treat ongoing trauma from Superstorm Sandy. The threat of new storms could reopen emotional scars from Sandy, said Mary O'Dowd, the state commissioner of health.
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