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Taking a Hard Look at Administrative Tasks
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017 08:38 AM

In April, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released a position paper titled Putting Patients First by Reducing Administrative Tasks in Health Care, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The paper, part of ACP’s Patients Before Paperwork initiative, is a thoughtful look at the many administrative tasks that physicians and doctors face every day. It presents a framework for evaluating these tasks and calls on health plans, regulators, vendors, and others to consider this framework when they impose new requirements on doctors.

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California Regulators Fine Anthem $5 million, This Time.
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Friday, December 01, 2017 12:59 PM

California regulators have hit health insurer Anthem with a $5 million fine for repeatedly failing to address plan members’ complaints in a timely manner.  "Anthem Blue Cross' failures to comply with the law surrounding grievance and appeals rights are longstanding, ongoing and unacceptable. The plan must correct the deficiencies in their grievance and appeals system and comply with the law,” the department's Director Shelley Rouillard said in a statement.

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Future Research and Good Care Characteristics
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017 08:02 AM

Clearly, there is a gap in care service that appears to be related to the proper triage of persons with pain.  The access of these persons to the appropriate level of multidisciplinary care at the soonest opportunity should drive future research. Such research should focus on exploring, creating and testing pain care service approaches and methods, to determine those that fulfill the criteria of modern evidence-based practice.  The idea, of course, is to create a sustainable, comprehensive service with sufficient incentive and reward for the participating workforce. 

The principles to create such outcomes include:

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Acupuncture Considerations
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Monday, November 27, 2017 05:51 PM

There is an ongoing confusion regarding acupuncture in healthcare. To some, acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic treatment that has been in widespread use since the stone age and is available for all to use.  To others it is the bedrock of an oriental medical system every bit as jealous of its “turf” as the occidental (western) medicine system is of its professionals.    

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The Cost of the Opioid Crisis: $95 Billion in 2016
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Monday, November 27, 2017 07:29 AM

The benefits of putting an end to the opioid crisis exceeded $95 billion in 2016 underscoring the importance of swift investment in evidence-based interventions.

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