Future of Health Care

Barriers to Value-based Care

The shift from a volume-based to a value-based reimbursement model can yield significant revenue, as evidenced by the $466 million in savings among Medicare ACOs in 2015. But Healthcare Finance reports that only one-third of the roughly 400 health systems in the Medicare Shared Savings Program...


State of the Heart

An emphasis on evidence-based guidelines has yielded improvement in cardiovascular outcomes in recent years. However, with heart disease continuing to claim the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans annually, even the most optimistic clinicians are not likely to unfurl the victory flag.


Benefits of Late-career Locum Tenens Work

Your skills are still sharp, and you find the work fulfilling. You’re not ready to retire, but you would enjoy more free time. Reducing your hours may not be an option in your current job. Or, perhaps, you just hear the call of the open road.


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App Streamlines Communication by Intubated Patients

Most of the approximately 800,000 Americans who are intubated and need mechanical ventilation each year are awake and alert. A newly developed tablet-based app helps these patients communicate information ranging from pain levels to needs such...


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Bone Preservation across the Ages

Osteoporosis leads to a broken bone for approximately half of Caucasian and Asian women older than age 50 in the United States, though bone mass loss begins decades earlier.

Two studies at Purdue University found supplementation with soluble corn fiber...


Missed Connection: Why Patients Rarely Use Hospital Apps

Just 66 percent of the nation’s largest hospitals have mobile apps for patients to use, and of those that furnish apps, only 2 percent of their patient populations utilize them, according to recent research by consulting firm Accenture. That’s a costly gap that experts say hospitals can close.


A Push for Drug Price Transparency

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in 2015 suggested nearly three-fourths of Americans consider drug prices unjustifiably high. Citing concerns about negative perceptions of drug pricing, the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians recently offered recommendations...


Quality of Virtual Urgent Care Varies Widely

Patients received urgent care of wide-ranging quality via videoconference, telephone or webchat with providers at commercial virtual visit websites, according to research in JAMA Internal Medicine.


From Maids to Tycoons: Direct Primary Care Expands Its Patient Base

Frustrated with insurance-based care, increasing numbers of physicians are turning to direct primary care to provide patients across the socioeconomic spectrum simpler, more personalized treatment.


Disquieting Data on Dementia

The United States’ fast-growing elderly population appears to be on a collision course with a dearth of specialists who care for seniors.