Month: October 2019

Primary Care Is at the Center of a Health Revolution

Primary Care Is at the Center of a Health Revolution

October 13, 2019

By KEVIN WANG, MD If our urgent-care-as-healthcare culture isn’t killing us, it’s certainly wasting our time and resources.  Consider these facts highlighted by Advanced Medical Reviews, based on various studies:  U.S. physicians report that more than 20 percent of overall medical care is not needed. The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that up to 30 percent of the […]

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Deputy Secretary Hargan listens to testimony from Tribal Advisory Committee Members in Phoenix

Journey from the Navajo Nation to Phoenix

October 9, 2019

Deputy Secretary Hargan listens to testimony from Tribal Advisory Committee Members in Phoenix Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with tribal leaders from across the country to preside over the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee meeting in Arizona. This was the third meeting of the STAC we’ve now held in Indian Country, first with […]

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Ordering Tests Without Using Words: Are ICD-10 and CPT Codes Bringing Precision or Dumbing Us Down?

Ordering Tests Without Using Words: Are ICD-10 and CPT Codes Bringing Precision or Dumbing Us Down?

October 7, 2019

By HANS DUVEFELT, MD The chest CT report was a bit worrisome. Henry had “pleural based masses” that had grown since his previous scan, which had been ordered by another doctor for unrelated reasons. But as Henry’s PCP, it had become my job to follow up on an emergency room doctor’s incidental finding. The radiologist […]

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Vanila M Singh, M.D.

Patient-Centered Care Is Key to Best Practices in Pain Management

October 3, 2019

On May 10, the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force voted on its final recommendations, which emphasize the importance of providing balanced, individualized, patient-centered pain management to ensure better clinical outcomes for pain that improve quality of life and functionality for patients. The group recommended a broad framework of approaches for treating acute and […]

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The Opportunity in Disruption, Part 3: The Shape of Things to Come

The Opportunity in Disruption, Part 3: The Shape of Things to Come

October 1, 2019

By JOE FLOWER Picture, if you will, a healthcare sector that costs less, whose share of the national economy is more like it is in other advanced economies—let’s imagine 9% or 10% rather than 18% or 19%. A big part of this drop is a vast reduction in overtreatment because non-fee-for-service payment systems are far […]

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