As Medicaid enrollment continues to rise--it now covers as many as 1 in 5 Americans--the number of primary care physicians accepting Medicaid is dropping. Just 34 percent of PCPs now accept Medicaid, which is a 9-point drop from two years ago.
The use of medical imaging is beneficial to patient care, a majority of primary care physicians say.
Naturopathic doctors, who emphasize a holistic approach to healthcare, are hoping that more insurers in California start covering their services, which they believe can help address the predicted shortage of primary care physicians, according to the California Health Report.
Clinical event notification (CEN) services are "a logical next step" to unlocking the potential of health information exchanges to improve care coordination, according to a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Rather than stressing adoption of health IT, the industry should be focused on how technology can be part of innovative new strategies to improve care, according to a Health Affairs blog post.
If insurers emphasize primary care to their members instead of specialty care, they can help lower healthcare costs, according to a panel of insurance experts speaking in Philadelphia.
Despite their central role in maintaining patients' overall health, primary care physicians have traditionally been on the low end of the pay scale compared to specialists. But programs driven by the Affordable Care Act have offered doctors the opportunity to up to double their pay if they keep patients healthy, MedCity News reported. And according to participants, the trend reversal has resulted in more than enough savings to fund the physicians' extra income.
Increased access to primary care could lead to overuse of mammography by older women who have a limited life expectancy, new research suggests.
To compete on premium price in the healthcare market, payers are turning to narrow provider networks. As this trend continues, many states are assessing their next moves to determine which actions will ensure access to care, reports AMA Wire.
Ever since WellPoint launched its unique and innovative patient-centered primary care program in January, the nation's second largest insurer says doctors already are providing positive...