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Health care systems, hospitals, ACOs, & physician reimbursement reform, integrated delivery systems, & consolidation trends
Jan Greene
Colleen McHorney, PhD, Evidera
Physicians and their charges have different ideas about what makes for good cancer care. Patient surveys help, but they need to be handled right.
Charlotte Huff
Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, Oregon Health & Science University
Research has pointed to ways that falls can be prevented, but logistical and financial barriers get in the way.
Peter Boland
Mistreated is a comprehensive and brilliant analysis of American health care by Robert Pearl, the CEO of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. The book’s subtitle aptly summarizes the author’s point of view: “Why We think We’re Getting Good Treatment–and Why We’re Usually Wrong.”
Women’s Health
Jan Greene
This old standby’s ultimate demise will likely take place when cervical cancer incidence declines as the HPV vaccine starts to take effect at a population level. New guidelines are being written, but insurers could have a major influence on how closely those guidelines are followed. So far, though, they haven’t waded very far into the Pap-HPV debate.
Cover Story
Susan Ladika
Women make up most of the workforce, but men are in positions of power. Sexual harassment and abuse are common and deep-seated problems in American health care. Women in health care are speaking up and forcing executives and physicians to face the issue.
Jan Greene
Palliative care would fill a need and could save health care dollars in the process. But providers often need to patch together CPT codes to get paid for it.
Charlotte Huff
Demand for mental health services outstrips the supply of psychiatrists. Aggravating the situation: Many psychiatrists don’t take insurance. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are beginning to fill the gap.
2018 Year in Preview
Richard Mark Kirkner
For instance, in the case of Sanford Health’s acquisition of Mid Dakota Clinic in North Dakota, the agency challenged the deal, claiming that the merged entity would control 75% or more of primary care and other health services in the Bismarck–Mandan metropolitan area.