Modern Medicine Viewpoints

The destruction of markets in healthcare
The destruction of markets in healthcareMany hold the belief that markets do not work in healthcare.
Diabetes accounts for majority of U.S. healthcare spendingOf 155 conditions, personal healthcare spending on diabetes tops list, according to new study.
HbA1c predicts diabetes risk in childrenThe easy-to-administer test was useful in predicting diabetes risk, and prediabetes status in children and adolescents.
It’s about ocular health, not sales
It’s about ocular health, not salesContact lenses are medical devices. I can write it again and again. These are not commodities.
Hospitals are shifting to a retail model—will doctors follow?
Hospitals are shifting to a retail model—will doctors follow?More hospitals today are competing for patients using retail strategies, such as offering flat-rate, easy-to-compare bundled pricing, finds a new PwC report. As a result, physicians with high fees may find themselves shut out of hospital contracts. And that means less patient volume and less revenue.
Everything doctors should know about ICD-10 glitch
Everything doctors should know about ICD-10 glitchCMS has announced a glitch in the quality reporting measures brought upon by the changes in the ICD-CM (Clinical Modification) and ICD-PCS (Procedural Coding System) updates that went into affect Oct. 1.
What you need to know about the Essilor-Luxottica deal
It’s a mistake if you don’t pay employees for federal holidays
It’s a mistake if you don’t pay employees for federal holidaysMost medical practices welcome the major federal holidays and the opportunity for the entire staff to take a day off. A day when the doors are locked, however, is also a day that generates no income for the practice. It begs the question: Should the practice pay its employees a day’s wages for the holiday?
Why have EHRs failed to deliver their promised efficiency benefits?
Why have EHRs failed to deliver their promised efficiency benefits?Why has health technology been so slow to deliver on its promised benefits to hospitals and physicians?
How did Medicare become the highest paying carrier?
How did Medicare become the highest paying carrier?I hope the new administration can focus on the overall improvement of population health as the goal while it evaluates the healthcare agenda.