Doctors put a great deal of thought and effort into developing treatment plans for patients, but typically have no way of knowing—beyond results at follow-up appointments—whether the patient is actually following it. But advances in technology are giving physicians and their staff new tools for improving and tracking patient adherence.
The American Board of Internal Medicine is extending by two years its decision not to require internists to complete several controversial portions of its Maintenance of Certification program in order to keep his or her certification status.
A study of 34 physician practices jointly sponsored by RAND Corporation and the American Medical Association found that alternative payment models are changing the way physicians and medical practices operate. However, changing the payment system doesn't always ensure patient care improves.
Beginning January 1, 2015, medical practices can, for the first time, bill Medicare for the non face-to-face time spent managing care for patients with multiple chronic diseases. But doing so may prove challenging for many practices, at least at first.