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A Real (Living, Breathing) Health Care Reform Plan: Drop MACRA

By STEVEN SOUMERAI Dear Washington, Congratulations! You have listened to the AMA and practicing physicians and made it a little easier to comply (at first) with the Medicare Quality Payment Program, part of the massive MACRA “pay for value” law.  But CMS’ announcements in The Federal Register and “fact sheet” are incomprehensible gobbledygook that will be[Read … Continue reading A Real (Living, Breathing) Health Care Reform Plan: Drop MACRA

Does The Increasing Prevalence Of Nurse Practitioners (NP) Providing Primary Care Affect Patient Safety?

There are more than 234,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) licensed in the United States, and they practice in every state and in the District of Columbia, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). 89.2% of NPs are certified in… Read More [Read More …] Source: Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Blog

Senate Releases Obamacare Replacement Bill (Download)

BY THCB STAFF With action expected on the legislation next week, the Senate released the full text of its proposed Obamacare replacement. Surprise, surprise: after weeks of secret meetings and dramatic late night tweets, the legislation looks very similar to the House Bill. More soon.      [Read More …] Source: Medical Malpractice and Personal … Continue reading Senate Releases Obamacare Replacement Bill (Download)

Portugal wildfire claims dozens of lives: Are you ready for a wildfire?

On June 18, an enormous wildfire swept through an area of central Portugal. More than 60 people died, half of whom were trapped in their vehicles, according to news reports. Although most wildfires over the past 10 years have been caused by people, this wildfire was caused by nature. Portuguese authorities said that the fire … Continue reading Portugal wildfire claims dozens of lives: Are you ready for a wildfire?

Can Amazon Crack the Rx Code?

BY PRAMOD JOHN Although many participants in the healthcare supply chain like to shroud drug transactions in a cloak of complexity and regulation, drugs are just ‘packaged technology’ and could be transacted much like other technology-based products, albeit regulated ones. As those in the Rx supply chain know, drug transactions have been carefully engineered to[Read … Continue reading Can Amazon Crack the Rx Code?