Practice Management

ACA demands may deter family docs from treating childrenThe availability of primary care services for children is changing, as fewer family physicians are seeing children, according to a recent Annals of Family Medicine study.
DeSalvo steps down from ONC position to aid U.S. Ebola responseFormer national coordinator named assistant health and human services secretary
Practice consolidation, hospital ownership drives up the cost of careTwo recent JAMA studies show that the recent trend toward practice consolidation influences the cost of healthcare services.

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Meaningful Use 2: A work in progress for physiciansSome critics of the EHR incentive program have said the slow rate of attestation shows that the program should be revamped or dropped.
Improving diabetes care through an accountable care organizationHow an accountable care organization in one of the nation’s poorest regions is improving diabetes care for its patients on a pay-for-performance model.
ACA earns higher scores with physiciansPhysicians are feeling more positive about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this year compared with 2013, according to a new survey.

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ONC releases 10-year interoperability roadmapThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released an updated draft of its 10-year plan to achieve a national, interoperable health IT platform.
The battle over EHR patient data
The battle over EHR patient dataWho owns patient data in an electronic health record? The traditional concept of ownership is unraveling as patient data migrates from paper charts to the cloud.
The EHR switch: Why it may be the best change your practice ever makesChanging electronic health record vendors can be a costly process that drains productivity, but it still may be the right thing to do.
Roundtable: The future of interoperabilityThree experts from different parts of the health IT arena discuss the barriers to achieving interoperability.

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