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Nearly Half of Older Adults Use Online Physician Ratings

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Online ratings perceived to be very important nearly as often as word-of-mouth recommendations from family and friends More than four in 10 older U.S. adults have used online physician rating sites to select physicians, according to a study published online April 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Jeffrey T. Kullgren, M.D., from the University of […]

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Hospital CEOs’ No. 1 concern is staffing for 1st time in 17 years

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Hospital CEOs ranked personnel shortages as their No. 1 concern in 2021. Financial challenges, which consistently held the top spot since 2004, were listed the second-most pressing concern in the American College of Healthcare Executives’ annual survey. Here are the 10 most concerning issues hospital CEOs ranked in 2021: Personnel shortages of all types, including physicians […]

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Few Physicians Accurately Estimate Patient Out-of-Pocket Costs

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A recent study highlighted that 79% of physicians were unable to advise patients on out-of-pocket costs despite an industry-wide push for pricing transparency. A study published in JAMA Network Open finds that very few physicians can accurately estimate patient out-of-pocket costs for medication filling. The study surveyed 371 primary care physicians to determine if physicians […]

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CMS Announces Increased Fines for Transparency Violations

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In early November 2021, in the 2022 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule, the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an increase in penalty for hospitals that are not incompliance with hospital price transparency requirements. The 2021 Price Transparency Final Rule required hospitals to publish their charges based on five categories: (1) gross […]

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Patients Can Experience Burnout Too

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Efforts to combat burnout in health care professionals can be expanded to include patients with chronic conditions — who can display some of the same telltale signs, such as prolonged stress, hopelessness, or feeling a loss of control. Identifying these patients and acknowledging their increased burnout risk could improve the doctor-patient relationship as well as make […]

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Navigating healthcare staffing challenges: 3 execs share their strategies

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The following healthcare executives shared with Becker’s in October and November their strategies for retaining and recruiting staff amid the industry’s workforce crisis. Note: These responses were lightly edited for length and clarity. Mark Mahnfeldt, MSN, RN. Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at Emerson Hospital (Concord, Mass.): My big push for the next year […]

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What Millennials Want from Their Doctor

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For most doctors, patient visits tend to skew a little older. This should not dissuade you, however, from creating a practice that is inclusive and inviting to younger generations. Millennials, in particular, can be a challenging demographic to entice. According to an article from the American Academy of Family Practitioners (AAFP) in Family Practice Management, […]