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The total number of licensed physicians has increased by 12 percent since 2010, with women and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) making up a greater share of the physician population, according to a report released by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).

Walla Walla General Hospital in Washington has been closed by owner Adventist Health, citing financial challenges and a failed plan to transfer ownership Providence Health & Services.

There appears to be a direct link between hospitals’ initiatives to improve blood use stewardship and a 20 percent decrease in blood utilization for 134 diagnoses which make up 80 percent of red blood cell usage.

Most healthcare organizations with revenue under $1 billion surveyed by the Ernst & Young LLP Advisory Health practice reported having no value-based reimbursement initiatives and placed a lower priority on bundled payments and alternative payment models than larger systems.

States would be able to waive requirements for insurers to cover the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s “essential health benefits” (EHBs) under Republican plans to replace the law. The benefits most likely to be waived, however, make up small shares of premiums compared to other costs, according to an analysis from Urban Institute fellows Linda Blumberg, PhD, and John Holahan, PhD.

 

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'Almost like a normal visit': How telemedicine is growing in rural areas, becoming a standard practice

As telemdicine continues to grow, physicians and patients alike are realizing how easy, convenient and affordable it is, while also coming to terms with its limitations. 

Lean processes decrease wait times, increase efficacy in VA

The last few years have not been kind to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with stories about scheduling delays, long wait times and lack of patient access. As a way to deal with such issues, VA medical centers are implementing lean processes. A new study published by JAMA Surgery evaluated just how efficient these lean processes are, and if the VA is up to the challenge of caring for a growing number of veterans.

Hospitals now own 1 in 4 physician practices

Between 2012 and 2015, the number of physician practices owned by hospitals or health systems rose by 86 percent, resulting in a quarter of all medical practices being hospital-owned.

HMOs will dominate plan offerings on exchanges in 2017

The majority of health care plans available on the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges in 18 states will be health maintenance organizations, according to a new analysis by McKinsey & Co.

EDs in Illinois, Massachusetts feeling little relief post-ACA

Two state-specific studies of emergency departments said the Affordable Care Act didn’t decrease patient volume and may have made on-call specialists less available.

7 things to know about high-need patients

The Commonwealth Fund has released two new issue briefs on high-need patients, aiming to better understand the characteristics of these patients instead focusing on costs alone.

Fujifilm CMO on the company’s growing healthcare portfolio and the trends of tomorrow

Fujifilm’s ties to healthcare date all the way back to 1936, when it released its very first x-ray film. Today, Fujifilm is a large global company—it reported revenues of more than $22 billion in the last year—and its healthcare business alone was responsible for approximately $3.8 billion in revenue.

Overweight teens shouldn’t be told to diet, says new guidance for pediatric docs

When teenagers are obese or overweight, pediatric physicians should steer clear of encouraging them to diet, and family members should do the same, according to new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

CMS: Medicare Part D costs increased 17 percent in 2014

CMS has released new data on prescriptions made by physicians and providers paid for through Medicare Part D in 2014.

AAHC president offers plan to improve graduate medical education

In a Health Affairs blog post, Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) President Steven Wartman, MD, PhD, wrote about ways he believes graduate medical education (GME) and residency can be improved.

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