Tag: Health Economics

Sterilization Matters

Filed in Quality Improvement by on May 31, 2013 4 Comments
Sterilization Matters
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When patients undergo surgical or other medical procedures, they hope to receive optimal care provided by experienced physicians. They are rarely concerned about proper sterilization of surgical instruments and other medical equipment as it is likely assumed that the health care facility has applied this standard precaution. Unfortunately, however, not every medical center is adequately […]

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Online Health Law Graduate Certificate Programs

Filed in Health Law by on May 8, 2013 0 Comments
Online Health Law Graduate Certificate Programs
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RUC-rolled

Filed in Health Care Economics, Health Law by on February 19, 2013 0 Comments
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A few years ago, I noted that the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) has a dominant role in suggesting payment levels to CMS.  It raises hard questions about price-setting in the health care sector, many of which cannot be answered because its processes are opaque.  Now we know that judicial relief […]

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Giving Patients a Piece of the Action: Appealing Proposals from Richard Frank and Christopher Robertson

Filed in Health Law, Recommended Reading by on February 10, 2013 0 Comments
Giving Patients a Piece of the Action: Appealing Proposals from Richard Frank and Christopher Robertson
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In a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, Richard Frank discussed recent efforts on the part of federal and state governments to enroll so-called “dual eligibles,” that is, individuals who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, into health plans that use “a strong care-management system under a unified budget.”  Many believe that […]

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Physician Privileges and Employment Laws

Filed in Health Law by on January 10, 2013 0 Comments
Physician Privileges and Employment Laws
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Apparently, some hospitals are now requiring older physicians to undergo physical examinations as a condition of maintaining privileges. According to the Washington Post, this is in response to the aging of America’s physician population and some notable examples of physicians who have continued practicing long after their abilities have declined to unacceptable levels.  State licensing […]

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