Despite the public sound and fury surrounding childhood vaccination in the United States, rates remain generally high. The cost of vaccination efforts have fallen disproportionately on physicians, however, according to a post on the Health Affairs blog, and increased help from the public sector is essential to maintain or improve upon the situation going forward.
While a single-payer system might be the most effective at achieving universal healthcare coverage in the U.S., "political realities" as well as the makeup of the uninsured population mean that an incremental approach building upon the Affordable Care Act is actually the most feasible, according to Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman.
The threat of the Zika virus includes numerous unknown variables, which have healthcare providers across the nation adopting a "better safe than sorry" approach.
American medical schools have responded to the looming physician shortage by enrolling and graduating more medical students. But turning those graduates into licensed physicians who practice in areas experiencing high levels of need has turned out to be another issue entirely, according to an article in The Conversation.
The healthcare war continues in Kentucky, with former governor Steve Beshear forming a nonprofit group with the goal of preventing his successor, Matt Bevin, from dismantling the state's health insurance exchange, Kynect.
Federal regulators' refusal to amend the risk-adjustment program threatens not only the viability of small insurers, but also the survival of the Affordable Care Act itself, the CEO of a consumer operated and oriented plan wrote in an opinion piece for the Baltimore Sun.
A disgruntled former patient who created a website to impersonate his surgeon's online presence. Plastic surgery practices posting the work of another plastic surgeon on their websites. These are just two reasons you must be careful when you set up an online presence to market your physician practice, according to a recent Medscape article.
The changing regulatory and competitive landscape of the healthcare industry make it tempting for physicians in independent practice to throw in the towel and join forces with a hospital or an affiliate group. When that temptation arises, it's essential to vet potential merger opportunities thoroughly and move deliberately, according to an article in OncLive.
Why is a 20-year-old law still so confusing? It's ironic that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, legislation intended, in large part, to simplify the administration of healthcare, continues to confound providers, patients and others, and make the industry more complicated. You'd think we'd all have the hang of it by now. Evidently not.
In Illinois, sales of medical marijuana began in November, but doctors fear the state will discipline them if they prescribe it to their patients.