Practice Management

Hospitals and health systems are starting to pay attention to their online ratings and reviews. The push towards reputation management comes at a time when more patients are shopping for their medical care.

Sara Bleich, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, provides an overview of what restaurants are doing to comply with an Affordable Care Act provision to post calories and nutrition facts on their menus.

The uninsured rate among adults 55 to 64 years old decreased from 12 percent to 8 percent last year, according to an AARP analysis. The reduction coincides with the expansion of Medicaid in 27 states to include adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a nearly 700-page report on May 26 detailing proposed changes and national standards for Medicaid managed care.

The federal government announced on Twitter that 146,000 people signed up for health insurance coverage during the extension period from March 15 to April 30.

With smartphones becoming more common, the issue of patients recording their doctor visits concerns some physicians.

The increasing popularity of narrow networks is limiting choices for patients.

It is no secret that abusive behavior sometimes occurs in operating rooms and other hospital settings, and nurses as well as physicians can be the perpetrators. The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation created a toolkit and a videotaped workshop for nurses to help them spot and stop the bullying.    

Physician leaders in hospitals and other healthcare-related fields must focus on operations management, people leadership and setting a business strategy, according to a Harvard Business Review article published online April 7.

Protecting patients' privacy and identities when writing compelling, real-life narratives can be difficult, a physician-writer admits in The Atlantic.

In light of the fatal shooting of a cardiac surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, some cardiologists are contemplating how imperfect medicine can be. While medicine has made great strides in healing difficult maladies, there are times when physicians, treatments and patients fail, writes electrophysiologist T. Jared Bunch, MD.

Thomas B. Graboys, a cardiologist who chronicled his experience dealing with Parkinson’s disease and dementia in an autobiography, died Jan. 5.