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35% of physicians see increase in compensation tied to quality

By Patsy Newitt for Becker’s Hospital Review The trend toward value-based care models in recent years has been followed by a push for quality performance metrics. The Medical Group Management Association recently released a report titled “Patient Access and Value-based Outcomes Amid the Great Attrition.” It outlines how many physicians and medical groups have seen…

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Why telehealth is more than just a pandemic trend

Bill Siwicki for Healthcare It News The COVID-19 pandemic brought telemedicine technology and services to a mainstream audience – like it or not. As it turned out, studies have shown that a great many patients and providers like the flexibility that telemedicine affords. Liz Fobare is vice president of product management at Tebra, a vendor…

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10 states with highest coding rates for social-determinants-of-health diagnoses

By Andrew Cass for Becker’s Hospital Review In 2021, 4.6 percent of Nevada’s inpatient claims contained a social determinant of health diagnosis code, the highest percentage in the U.S, according to a study conducted by data analytics company Hospital Pricing Specialists. Hospital Pricing Specialists reviewed 8.4 million inpatient claims from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31,…

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Nearly half of healthcare workers ‘at their breaking point,’ survey finds

By Hayley DeSilva for Becker’s Hospital Review Forty-nine percent of  U.S. healthcare workers in a recent survey said they are either at their breaking point or looking for new work due to the stress and trauma they endure on the job, a Colorado addiction treatment center reported Aug. 18. All Points North’s “State of Mental…

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Telemedicine — Health Care’s New Documentation Paradigm

By Selena Chavis for Healthcare IT Experts weigh in on potential risks and best practices. To say that telemedicine has carved out a critical niche within the COVID-19 pandemic would be an understatement. Given the greenlight for reimbursement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), remote care models, which are advancing at breakneck…

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528K jobs added to workforce in July as unemployment rate improves

By Claire Wallace for Becker’s ASC Review About 528,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in July, nearly doubling economist projections, and bringing the unemployment rate down to 3.5 percent. With the growing job market, and a 5.8 percent growth in hourly wages in July, the Federal Reserve is growing concerned about an increasing inflation rate,…

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30 highest-paying medical jobs in the US

By Alan Condon For Becker’s Hospital Review Forbes analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics and isolated occupations that fall into the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations category to develop a list of the most lucrative medical jobs in the country. Here are the 30 highest-paying medical jobs in the U.S., broken…

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How the Health Care Industry Battles Physician Burnout With Computer Literacy

By Inga Shugalo for For the Record In September 2021, the Journal of Medical Economics conducted research on the frequency of burnout in clinicians, with researchers finding that 80% of the interviewees suffered from burnout. Interestingly, it was not the COVID-19 pandemic that the interviewees blamed most. Instead, 31% of respondents admitted that excessive paperwork was their…

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5 revenue cycle leaders weigh in on staffing challenges

By Andrew Cass for Becker’s Hospital Review Staffing is one of the biggest challenges facing revenue cycle leaders today. Here are what five leaders recently told Becker’s about that issue. James O’Connell. Director of revenue cycle at Inspira Health (Vineland, N.J.): Currently, I believe the greatest challenge to most hospitals is maintaining staff in the revenue cycle. Filling open positions in…

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Healthcare spending declines for first time since 1960

By Jeff Lagasse for Becker’s Hospital Review Adjusted for inflation, healthcare spending in the U.S. declined for the first time in more than half a century in 2021, according to a new report from Altarum. The first time the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officially tracked health spending was in 1960, and since that…

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