By 2025--less than nine years from now--the US will face a shortage of somewhere between 61,700 to 94,700 physicians. This prediction in a 2016 study by the American Academy of Medical Colleges isn't simply a wake-up call. The alarm has been ringing for years.
CMS Issues Proposed Rule for Bundled Payment Models
On July 26, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") issued Proposed Regulations for Episode Payment Models ("EPM's") that will, when and if finalized, go into effect as of July 1, 2017 for a five year period. Multiple Alabama hospitals would be impacted by this new reimbursement methodology as many, but not all, of the Metropolitan Statistical Areas ("MSA's") in Alabama have been targeted for implementation of EPM's if finalized.
An idea for a more comfortable and functional healthcare chair has become reality for Angela Howard, RN, CLCP, co-owner and president of OptimComfort™. The ergonomic chair provides immediate relief for those suffering from musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, and peace of mind for their caretakers.
The Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar on June 16, 2016 in which it ruled the implied false certification theory, previously recognized in several circuits, can form the basis for False Claims Act ("FCA") liability. However, the Supreme Court put limits on the application of the theory.
On the drawings for their new medical offices, it said "lab".
"In my mind, if you have experience in building medical labs, you know you need space to sit down and draw blood," says Danielle Brown, practice administrator for Advanced Surgeons.
Part art, part science delivered by imperfect humans and impacted by hundreds of variables from a tiny protein on a gene to an individual's age and socioeconomic status - the practice of medicine is anything but predictable.