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Meet Ed Garner, the only physician in 'the middle of nowhere'

October 2, 2019

For years, Ed Garner has been the only practicing physician for 11,000 square miles of Van Horn, Texas, where he sees patients day and night at the only hospital for more than 100 miles in either direction.

What does it take be a 'good parent?' A pediatrician sheds light.

October 2, 2019

Today's parents often worry that they are not achieving the "idealized" style of intensive, hands-on parenting, but experts say that ideal is unrealistic, and even just a few minutes of stimulating activity can benefit children, Perri Klass, a pediatrician, writes in the New York Times' "The Checkup."

CMS' 2020 MPFS proposed rule draws more than 40,000 comments

October 1, 2019

CMS' public comment period for the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule ended last week, and the agency received more than 40,000 comments from hospital groups, insurers, and other industry stakeholders.

Insurers are testing bundled payment models for maternity care. Are OB-GYNs on board?

September 30, 2019

Payers are testing bundled payments in maternity care as a way to reduce costs and improve outcomes, and while some obstetricians say the accountability is overdue, others are worried that the payment mechanism exposes them to financial risk unfairly.

She received a face transplant 6 years ago. Now, it's failing.

September 25, 2019

Six years ago, Carmen Blandin Tarleton became one of the first patients to receive a face transplant, but doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital recently discovered underlying tissue damage is causing the transplant to fail, highlighting a fallibility of the cutting-edge technique.

1 in 4 doctors face sexual harassment from patients. Here's how Mayo handles it.

September 25, 2019

In 2017, Mayo Clinic implemented a program to address sexual harassment from patients, reflecting a slowly changing approach in the industry toward a problem that at times has been regarded as "part of the job."

The 25 'Highest Paying Jobs' (Hint: 6 are in health care)

September 24, 2019

Glassdoor last week released its 2019 list of the 25 "Highest Paying Jobs" in the United States, and five of the top 10 are in health care.

Do you screen for all 5 key social determinants of health? Few providers do, CMS finds.

September 23, 2019

Few hospitals and physician practices screen for all five of what CMS considers five key social determinants of health, according to a study published last week in JAMA Network Open.

17M Americans have survived cancer. Now, they're asking their doctors: What's next?

September 20, 2019

Advances in cancer treatment are leading to enormous increases in the number of cancer survivors, prompting providers to identify ways to help these patients navigate the physical and emotional burdens of survival, Laura Landro—who is herself a longtime cancer survivor—reports for the Wall Street Journal.

Providers urge CMS to delay proposed radiation oncology bundled payment model

September 19, 2019

Provider groups are urging CMS to delay its proposed mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology, saying the model could lower investments in new technologies and equipment and reduce access to new types of care.

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