5 Key Trends for Physicians in 2012

Monday, December 12th, 2011
This post was written by Cheryl Miller

More than half of today’s physicians believe that healthcare reform will not improve patient care, according to a new trends report from the Physicians Foundation. The changing healthcare landscape is also pushing the majority of physicians to leave primary care practices for hospitals and group practices. These and other trends detailed in this issue.

Children with special healthcare needs are less likely to receive care that meets the criteria for having a medical home, according to a new national report from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the first such report on this segment of the population and its counterparts: children without special needs. These children are also being exposed to less than ideal conditions at home; secondhand smoke and poor nutrition are just two situations cited in the report, which based their data on a national survey of more than 90,000 children in the United States.

Depression and diabetes can trigger dementia within three to five years of diagnosis, say researchers from the University of Washington and Kaiser Permanente. Contributors to the study, among the first and largest to date to examine dementia in diabetes patients with and without depression, hope these findings will ultimately slow the advent of dementia.

The CMS has issued a final rule that will give qualified organizations access to health claims data that can help them identify high quality healthcare providers, or create online tools to help consumers make educated healthcare choices. The final rule makes a number of important changes from the original proposed rule, one of them being that data is less costly than previously thought for qualified entities.

And we wanted to make you aware of our new complimentary e-book on the use of embedded case managers in healthcare, a trend embraced by Geisinger, Aetna, CDPHP, Advocate Physician Partners, Marshfield Clinic, Bon Secours and others. This downloadable e-book provides some early metrics on the emerging trend of placing case managers alongside care teams in physician practices and describes some of the benefits that can result.

These stories and more in this week’s issue of Healthcare Business Weekly Update.

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