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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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Groups Nationwide to Get Federal Grants to Promote ACA

Efforts to get Americans used to the idea of healthcare exchanges and mandated coverage just got a major shot in the arm, financially. HHS has ponied up the funds for local groups to aid consumers in the new healthcare marketplace … Continue reading

16. 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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Obama Working Behind the Scenes on Latest Pre-ACA Snafu

The Republican amendment to the ACA stopping government contributions to premiums of federal employees is being put to the test this week, as President Obama is reassuring Dem senators that he is working to “resolve the situation”.  At issue here is the … Continue reading

01. August 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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Minnesota Begins Summer PR Push toward Exchange Implementation

Remember MNsure? Of course you don’t. But, by the time October rolls around, you will. As the meat of the ACA (healthcare exchange implementation) begins to infiltrate healthcare consumers’ collective consciences, media are beginning to describe this transition as a national … Continue reading

24. 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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Healthcare Financing in Strong Marketplaces Continues Apace

This reads like an informercial on the benefits of selling one’s practice to a hospital system. Experts say the number of physicians unloading their practices to hospitals is up 30% to 40% in the last five years. Doctors who sell … Continue reading

16. July 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Texas Governor Rick Perry Remains Steadfast in Opposition to Medicaid Expansion under Reform

GOP antipathy to Obamacare has followed a smooth, if not entirely predictable trajectory ever since the bill was signed into law in March 2010. The rancor in the lead-up to the law’s passage was met with the usual mix of boisterous … Continue reading

24. 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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