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Doctors face steep Medicaid cuts as fee boost ends
The Associated Press via New Jersey Herald
Primary care doctors caring for low-income patients will face steep fee cuts next year as a temporary program in President Barack Obama's healthcare law expires. That could squeeze access just when millions of new patients are gaining Medicaid coverage. A study from the nonpartisan Urban Institute estimated fee reductions will average about 40 percent nationwide. But they could reach 50 percent or more for primary care doctors in California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois — big states that have all expanded Medicaid under the health law.
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Changing how PCPs treat symptoms during outpatient visits
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. An estimated 20 percent of American adults report that pain or physical discomfort disrupts their sleep a few nights a week or more. Most pain sufferers have seen their primary care physician for help. In fact, common symptoms such as pain or fatigue account for more than half of all doctor's office appointments in the United States — 400 million visits annually.
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As EHRs proliferate, medical students must learn to use them
EHR Intelligence
Medical students are not receiving adequate training and practice when it comes to electronic health records, states a team of educators from the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. In a letter published online in the Annals of Family Medicine, the authors argue that despite the near-total adoption of EHR technology, medical students are often forbidden from full access to the software due to the fear of the students doing something improperly, which in turn prevents them from learning how to document care the right way.
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8 tips for avoiding ICD-10 revenue disruption
Government Health IT
It's really not hard to understand why physicians are asking for a two-year delay of ICD-10 implementation. We keep telling physicians that they may have to survive without reimbursement revenue for six months after Oct. 1. Why would anyone want to go through that? But it doesn't have to go down that way. There are some steps that medical practices can take to mitigate the risk of reimbursement delays.
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New Jersey hospital launches health center modeled on Apple's Genius Bar
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Healthcare continues to evolve and improve due to new technological innovations, particularly the area of patient health management. Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey is implementing technology to help people achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Taking inspiration from the likes of Apple's Genius Bar, it has launched a storefront space where patients and visitors will be introduced to new health technologies.
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ONC data shows money is a major motivator for EHR adoption
By Scott E. Rupp
According to a data brief released recently by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, financial incentives and potential penalties are key motivators for physicians adopting electronic health records since 2009. The brief, based on data from the 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, details why physicians have chosen to adopt — or not adopt — EHRs.
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Walgreens tests virtual doctor visits through app
WRAL-TV
Walgreen is testing a new telemedicine service that lets patients see a doctor without leaving home or visiting any of the drugstore chain's clinics. The Deerfield, Illinois, company said patients in California or Michigan can now contact a physician around the clock through Walgreen's mobile application for smartphones or tablet computers.
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Medical, healthcare professionals split on physician-assisted suicide
NJ Spotlight
Just parsing the emotional and moral challenges raised by physician-assisted suicide is a daunting task. For the terminally ill, it's an opportunity to decide for themselves when they have suffered enough. But others argue that it can be used as a lethal weapon against the indigent, when treatment becomes "prohibitively" expensive. Doctors must wrestle with their Hippocratic Oath, which tasks them to "do no harm" — often balancing it against the needs and distress of patients. And some in the healing professions feel that death with dignity can be better achieved through other means.
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The New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians extends its warmest wishes for a safe, healthy and joyful holiday season.
 



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