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5 Takeaways from new hypertension guidelinesThe new guidance means that nearly 103 million Americans will now carry a diagnosis of high blood pressure following a visit to their physician.
A physician’s tale of irrational drug pricesWe've all heard the outrage over the sudden rise in the price of the EpiPen. What we hear far less often is how common the sudden and dramatic rise in many other pharmaceutical prices has become in recent years. It can be easy to forget issues like this until they affect us personally.
There needs to be accountability for the lack of interoperabilityInteroperability is important and probably the main driver of cost savings. So where are the IT vendors on interoperability? The answer is probably close to nowhere.
MACRA will not save moneyThe Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is not going to hold down the increasing cost of Medicare by adding over 1,600 pages of new regulations to the program. Instead, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should have reduced the cost of traditional Medicare by eliminating the requirement for detailed documentation of evaluation and management (E/M) charges.
6 steps to avoid a health IT outage
6 steps to avoid a health IT outageWhen an IT emergency strikes medical practices, there’s a small window to avoid big losses of time and money, so it’s best to have a plan in place.
5 ways to improve physician mental health
5 ways to improve physician mental healthThe practice of medicine in our current healthcare system is making physicians sick, with levels of burnout and mental strain increasing across every specialty.
Q&A: Michele Andrews, OD—Senior director, North America, Professional and Academic Affairs, Cooper VisionIf optometry could adapt a bit more readily and not be so fearful of change, we could continue to be an amazing profession, evolve with customer demand, and serve our customers in the way they want.
Following Occam’s razor in optometryI believe that the future of optometry, with all its hitches, challenges, and opportunities, is best met head-on if we all communicate effectively with one another.
How tear osmolarity affects lens wearConsidering that many CL patients are desensitized, it is critical we not only monitor their tear film and ocular surface for change, but we demonstrate stability or instability through measurable means. This creates trust, validates our recommendations, induces compliance, and generates positive outcomes.
Work with patients to combat contact lens obsolescenceObsolescence happens. If you are not familiar with it, it is the act of becoming obsolete or out of date.