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11/21/2013

Study: Total Hospital Inpatient Days to Increase

According to a new study in Health Affairs, the total hospital inpatient days are projected to increase approximately 19% through 2025 due to expanded coverage and more elderly patients. This varies based on specialties and locations, and these specialists will face increased demand more than primary care physicians. Click link for full article.

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11/21/2013

HHS: Hospitals Not Prohibited from Paying Insurance Costs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has cleared an obstacle to hospitals looking to cover the insurance costs of their disadvantaged patients, clarifying the federal anti-kickback statute. However, there are still several unresolved issues for hospitals providing insurance assistance. Click link for full article.

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11/21/2013

Make Physicians Full Partners in ACOs

In light of the Affordable Care Act, more Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are developing across the country. An important component of these organizations is sharing leadership among hospitals, insurance plans and medical groups, including physicians. This proven structure has achieved superior quality outcomes, outstanding service and increased affordability. Click link for full article.

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11/21/2013

How to Solve the Primary Care Physician Shortage

In the coming years, a primary care physician shortage is expected to occur due to increasing demand and fewer physicians entering internal or family medicine. Many have mislabeled this issue as a physician-workforce shortage, but there are other ways to solve this problem without having to add primary care physicians into the healthcare system. Click link for full article.

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11/21/2013

Mobile Apps & Healthcare Quality Improvement

Healthcare providers continue to adopt mobile applications to improve efficiencies and patient-care, delivering information to the patients and providers when and where needed. There are various applications available to date including disease management apps; however, challenges remain in these mobile applications being fully implemented including FDA regulations, physician reimbursement, and patient smartphone adoption. Click link for full article.

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