Geographic trends emerge for private equity firms acquiring physician offices
Consolidation, “reduced physician competition,” could lead to price increases for patients.
Patients want physicians to have online presence, communication, billing options
Survey outlines patients’ attitudes on technology.
Primary care physicians in demand, but salaries lag behind those of specialists
Study outlines trends in recruiting incentives, market conditions.
Surgeon general: Bold change needed to address burnout in health care
Murthy offers five areas of transformation.
HHS affirms abortion services covered by federal emergency care law
State regulations overruled to protect physicians’ clinical judgments.
June brings increase in health care employment, but figures still lower than before pandemic
Ambulatory health, hospitals, home health care, nursing facilities all post gains.
Supreme Court abortion ruling prompts HHS privacy guidance, training grants
Regulators remind physicians they are bound by federal privacy rules, but cell phones and apps are not.
Supreme Court issues ruling on opioid prescriptions
Ruling comes in cases of physicians serving in prison for convictions over prescription drugs.
Potential to save billions on generics with Mark Cuban prescription drug company
Entrepreneur beats prices of supply chain wholesalers, PBMs, pharmacies, and insurers.
Physician license actions declining for substance use, psychological, physical impairments
Study suggests support offerings for physician mental health.
Quality, ease of use, type of care are factors in choosing telehealth over in-person patient visits
Study analyzes clinician, patient preferences for primary care, mental health and specialty care.
Rite Aid, startup Homeward announce plan for primary care clinics at rural pharmacies
Move is latest step in retail, telehealth, venture capital competition with physicians.
No Surprises Act blocks 2 million surprise medical bills in first months of 2022
Figure flies past federal regulators’ initial estimate of 17,000 surprise bills a year.
Surgeon general says addressing health care worker burnout Must be top priority
Medical staff, pushed past their breaking point, say something has to change.
Primary care physician pay up 2.13% in 2021, still lower than specialists
Despite challenges, management group says doctors’ compensation stabilizes last year.
Health care systems start program to ensure equity in patient care
AMA, Joint Commission aim to improve outcomes for marginalized patients.
Justice Department announces charges for alleged $149M in COVID-19 fraud
Feds say alleged scammers “placed greed above care” in pandemic.
Physicians spend 4.5 hours a day on electronic health records
Study compiles data, finds multiple specialties affected.
Physicians need more info on e-cigarettes to communicate with patients
Devices could help patients reduce or stop using tobacco, researchers say.
HHS announces program to train 13,000 public health workers
‘First line of defense’ has community trust to ‘keep neighbors healthy.’
ACP praises health care spending in president’s proposed 2023 federal budget
Government help needed ‘to ensure the health of the American public.’
Primary care research could build trust in health system, relieve physician burnout
Data from patients, technology would add to “foundation for all other health care.”
What led to negative COVID-19 vaccine perceptions on Twitter
A study examined 4 million posts on social media site in 2021.
What led to higher COVID-19 death rates among the Black population?
Racism important for understanding health care disparities.
Rural hospital closures affect more than health outcomes
When rural hospitals close, it takes a toll on local labor force, population, income, according to a new study.
Study: Residential segregation led to higher COVID-19 death rates for Black patients
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