The federal government released its final rule for 2018 on a law that governs physicians’ adoption of electronic health records and rewards them for meeting quality measures when treating Medicare patients.
However, the final rule includes some changes that mean that fewer physicians will be required to participate. One prominent physician group said that the rule will slow the transition to value-based care. Continue reading
As many of us have been reporting for some time, an aging U.S. population and a growing shortage of health care workers are converging to create an access-to-care crisis over the next several decades. Can technology help fill the gap?
Some leading policy experts say yes, and are imploring tech entrepreneurs to get busy creating solutions. Sandra Hernandez, M.D. and chief executive officer of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), dedicated her keynote address to this topic at the recent 10th annual Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, Calif. Continue reading
On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced he would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to declare a 90-day public health emergency to address the ongoing opioid epidemic that last year claimed at least 64,000 American lives.
One of the promises made in the president’s declaration is to allow some patients to obtain medication for addiction treatment through telemedicine. Continue reading
If you have been on Facebook or Twitter over the past few days you’ve likely seen or even participated in the “me too” campaign that is blowing up on social media.
It began after the New York Times and the New Yorker published bombshell articles on numerous sexual assault and harassment complaints against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Actress Alyssa Milano tweeted: Continue reading
The physical and emotional toll of the multiple and seemingly endless tragedies that have happened in recent weeks are shining a light on the urgent need for better access to mental health care.
The hurricanes in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have left thousands devastated and displaced. Continue reading