Category Archives for Science & Research

Mid-Level Providers Trending Away from Primary Care?

Congressional lawmakers are quietly advancing a bill that will probably have an immediate transformative impact upon primary care delivery, once the ACA kicks in. The bill (HR 2810) which aims to revamp Medicare also contains an ammendment that would reward … Continue reading

19. August 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Foreign Medical Graduates and the Rigor to Acquire a U.S. License

A modest proposal: foreign medical grads (FMGs)? Bring ‘em on! …or rather in. Slate Magazine has a great piece up this morning that explains further the lack of motivation for the U.S. to expedite the numbers of FMGs in this … Continue reading

15. August 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Ahead of Reform, States Musing Options for Coverage Fluctuations

Most Internet startups have to think about the short term and the long tail when it comes to estimating revenue forecasts. Churn rates — or the rates at which customers sign up and subsequently drop out of services — are … Continue reading

04. August 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Panel: Chest CT Screening for High-Risk Smokers Should Be Performed

Get ready to add another screening recommendation for your patients. This time, the USPSTF has given the green light for third parties to pay for chest CT scanning for detecting abnormal masses in screening for lung cancer in certain high-risk … Continue reading

30. July 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Poll: Obamacare Supporters Increasingly Conflicted about Law

Findings from a new poll underscore that the Obama administration’s efforts to not only define the ACA on the cusp of its enactment but also to continue to defend it on some level — still face an uphill battle with … Continue reading

26. July 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Screening for Dementia – a Cautionary Tale Yet to Begin

First a disclaimer from the principal investigators: …he and other researchers took pains to emphasize that their work shouldn’t necessarily worry everyone who’s ever had a memory glitch. Now, for the concern, or, rather pre-hysteria. If you think you have … Continue reading

17. July 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Study: Removal of Employer Mandate under ACA Not As Problematic As Individual Mandate

Earlier this month, the Obama administration decided to delay the employer mandate provision of the ACA. (Today, House Speaker Boehner will hold a vote to delay both the individual mandate and the employer mandate.) A study released by the Urban … Continue reading

16. July 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Minnesota Healthiest State in Country for Seniors

A report has all the details. Minnesota’s strengths include ranking first for all health determinants combined, which includes ranking in the top 5 states for a high rate of annual dental visits, a high percentage of volunteerism, a low percentage … Continue reading

29. May 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Recruiting Firm Notes “Seismic Shift” with Respect to Hospital Revenues from Primary Care

A report from one of the largest physician recruiting firms in the country could give some heft to the specialty of primary care (whose disciplines include general internal medicine, family medicine, general pediatrics, and primary OB/GYN). Merritt-Hawkins calls a survey … Continue reading

20. May 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Study: Mass. Reform Did Not Substantially Raise Acute Care Costs

President Obama is getting serious flak from all sides now, with the Big 3 “Scandals” facing him squarely in the face. He really needs some good news on the health reform front — especially as Tea Party cognoscenti are using … Continue reading

19. May 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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How Can Primary Care Physicians and Nurse Practitioners Coexist in a More Collaborative Fashion?

This week’s issue of the NEJM features an original article on the role of midlevel providers — specifically, nurse practitioners (NPs) — in the ongoing evolution of the delivery of ambulatory primary care in this country. As we move closer … Continue reading

17. May 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Headline Roundup: Jolie Does It Right

Here’s a sampling of what’s making the rounds in healthcare headlines today. (1) Angelina Jolie makes the right decision for many. [LINK] (2) Apparently, oncologists are in agreement. [LINK] (3) U.S. House gears up for yet another vote on ACA … Continue reading

16. May 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Government Institute Announces Distancing from Psychiatric “Bible”

Just mere weeks before the next edition of the “bible” of psychotherapeutics hits doctors’ offices nationwide, the federal government entity tasked with overseeing medical research is announcing a plan to conduct its investigations away from using the principles of the fifth … Continue reading

03. May 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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