Changes recently proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 2010 e-prescribing incentive program should make the initiative even more attractive to physicians.
A new study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (9/9/09) supports the Obama administration's claim that improving the efficiency of healthcare delivery would make it possible to cover the uninsured without rationing needed care or raising taxes.
More than 63% of ob/gyns have made changes to their practice because of the risk or fear of liability claims or litigation, and 60% have made such changes because liability insurance is either unavailable or unaffordable.
New breach notification rules have been in effect that call for immediate notification of a patient if her personal data are leaked.
Gynecologists are more successful with instant claims adjudication than any other group of specialists, with 89% of gynecology claims resolved in less than 10 seconds
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced plans to award $598 million in grants to open as many as 70 regional offices next year to help practices adopt electronic health record systems.
Nearly half of physicians believe that various off-label uses of prescription drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a national survey.
Patients are going to have direct-to-consumer genetic tests done, regardless of our position on the subject. At the very least, we can offer them sound advice on the matter.
To Err Is Human challenged the medical community to cut in half within five years the "shocking" number of people who die from medical errors. Yet a decade later, the rate of medical error is actually increasing, according to federal analysts.
Choice of physicians and other health-care providers is sometimes influenced by quality data.