What We’re Reading | Week of 2.6.2017

Healthcare is a rapidly evolving industry – it’s difficult to read up on everything that matters to you. But the success of your practice can depend on how knowledgeable you are about changes in the healthcare landscape. Privia has compiled a weekly list of important articles we are reading on healthcare industry trends, clinical best practices and legislative updates for your convenience. Here are some of the important articles and blogs on health care that stood out this week:

  1. Interested in what your colleagues think about repeal and replace? Check out A View from the Front Line — Physicians’ Perspectives on ACA Repeal, NEJM

Interesting clip: “We found that in response to the question, ‘What would you like to see the federal policy makers do with the Affordable Care Act?,’ 15.1% of PCPs indicated that they wanted the ACA to be repealed in its entirety. Responses varied according to the physicians’ self-reported political party affiliation; no Democrats wanted to see the ACA repealed, whereas 32.4% of Republicans did. Among physicians who reported voting for Trump, only 37.9% wanted the ACA repealed in its entirety. PCPs were less likely than the general public to want the law repealed. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted after the election that used a question and response options similar to those in our survey showed that 26% of the general public wants the law repealed in its entirety.”

  1. Having trouble tightening your revenue cycle? Here are 4 Key Ways to Boost Point-of-Service Patient Collections, com

Interesting clip: “To improve point-of-service collections, healthcare organizations may want to consider educating front-end staff, moving back-end revenue cycle management functions to the front office, implementing electronic payment methods, and boosting price transparency.”

Key Take Away: We just recorded a podcast on helping our practices implement some of these performance-enhancing techniques. Click here to listen to the first episode of Privia’s podcast, The Breakroom!

  1. Don’t leave your patients wanting; here’s how to comply with patient record requests, Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Interesting clip: “There is increasing recognition that if we expect patients to be engaged and activated partners in their care with doctors and other care team members, we absolutely have to be giving them information that is empowering. We don’t ask people to manage their bank accounts and not give them access to their checking information. And yet we expect that to happen in healthcare, and it is a little bit ridiculous.”

  1. Get an Interoperability reality check: FHIR, population health and the patient experience, Healthcare IT

Interesting clip: “Getting a handle on advancing interoperability requires that technical and business process/policy challenges are addressed together, instead of in isolation, so that there’s an integration of technology and policy workflows and scaling. ‘Simply putting the technology in peoples’ hands isn’t enough,’ said Steven Posnack, director of the Office of Standards and Technology for the Office of the National Coordinator in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

  1. A doctor gives her first-person account of The Personal Toll of Practicing Medicine, Health Affairs

Interesting Clip: “When you hear about physicians, particularly in oncology, suffering burnout and depression, practitioners’ emotional health gets most of the attention. Those are real problems and affected me. I became depressed. But that happened largely after the physical demands of my job took their creeping toll. Being a doctor takes stamina, and I was lacking in that after developing several serious health problems.”




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