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NJAFP partners with ReachMD for educational programs
National medical commentator, Dr. Brian P. McDonough, hosts a series of CME activities on cardiovascular controversies. He is joined by Drs. Seth Martin, Peter Howard Jones and Carl Orringer, to discuss ACC and AHA guidelines on the treatment of blood cholesterol, high-risk patients, and emerging treatments. Many of the recommendations in the guideline and the new treatments represent a paradigm shift which will have implications on the way primary care physicians treat their patients. Check out the NJAFP page on ReachMD to learn more.
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Requirements for diplomates who certified or recertified in 2011 and beyond
Any physician who successfully completes the examination in 2011 or thereafter will enter the continuous MC-FP process, which requires each physician to successfully complete MC-FP requirements in order to maintain certifications. Diplomates certifying in 2011 and beyond will all have a 10-year examination requirement, a simplified financial plan and flexibility with the module requirements.
Report: Many Americans wait too long for needed healthcare
HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report
Healthcare wait times vary widely across the United States, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. At best, some people receive same-day service. But others aren't so lucky. The report found that some people must wait several months to receive the healthcare services they need. Delayed access to healthcare could potentially have negative effects on patients' health and satisfaction. It could also damage a healthcare organization's reputation, the report stated.
Study calls attention to diminishing size of physician networks for insurance exchange plans
Kaiser Health News via MedCity News
If the physician networks for plans sold on the health law's online insurance exchanges were T-shirts, more than 40 percent would be size x-small or small. That's the takeaway from a new study that analyzed nearly 400 physician networks in silver-level plans sold around the country in 2014. The study labeled 11 percent of plans "extra small" because they covered fewer than 10 percent of physicians in a plan's region. Another 30 percent were "small," meaning they covered between 10 and 25 percent of physicians. Just 11 percent of plans were classified as "extra large" because they covered at least 60 percent of physicians in the area.
Substance abuse still a massive societal ill
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
The issues of substance abuse and substance use disorders continue to be growing problems within our modern-day society, with no apparent decline in sight. According to the World Drug Report, it was estimated that 200 million people, or about 5 percent of the global population, used illicit drugs in 2005, and this number has grown since that time. Substance abuse is defined as a pattern of overuse of alcohol or other drugs that have the ability to produce adverse effects with continued use of the medication.
New Jersey hospital loses property tax exemption
Fierce Health Finance
A New Jersey judge has thrown out the property tax exemption for one of the state's not-for-profit hospitals. Morristown Medical Center lost its property tax exemption when Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco had ruled that the hospital had so intermingled its not-for-profit and for-profit business ventures until the two were unrecognizable, according to NJSpotlight.com. Bianco had also dinged the hospital for excessive compensation, noting that its chief executive officer had been paid more than $12 million over a three-year period.
Ambulatory surgery centers play important but shifting role in NJ healthcare
Ambulatory surgery centers have long been predominantly doctor-owned and independent from hospitals, but this is rapidly changing as the industry increasingly moves to merge with hospitals. In addition, it was once common for the ASCs to not join insurance networks. But that has come to be seen as no longer viable, even before legislation was proposed to rein in higher out-of-network prices.
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New Jersey's 2015 top doctors for cancer care
Inside Jersey once again joins with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., one of the nation's most respected health care research and information companies, to identify New Jersey's top doctors for cancer care.
In selecting these 389 Top Doctors for Cancer Care, Castle Connolly Medical's physician-led research team gave consideration to the doctors' areas of medical specialty as they relate to cancer treatment.
Gap remains with patient-physician online communication
A national online survey of more than 2,200 CVS retail pharmacy customers finds that patients want to leverage email, Facebook, and physician websites to communicate with their doctors. However, there remains a gap between patient interest for online communication and what physicians currently provide. The survey results, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, reveal that patients are interested in using web-based tools to fill prescriptions, track their own health, and access health information (37–57 percent), yet few are currently doing so (4–8 percent).
Physician organizations fear ICD-10 integration disruptions
While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continue to urge healthcare providers to prepare for the coming ICD-10 integration, many stakeholders are concerned that the healthcare industry will encounter large disruptions to patient care services and financial reimbursements if the ICD-10 compliance deadline remains steadfast.
Goldman Sachs says a digital healthcare revolution is coming — and it could save America $300 billion
The United States spends 18 percent of its GDP on healthcare each year. Though this percentage far exceeds that of other developed economies, government projections say it will only continue to rise in the coming years. It is often said that the U.S. desperately needs to reduce healthcare costs — and analysts at Goldman Sachs think a major spending reduction is not far off, thanks to the Internet of Things.
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