Feb 12, Sanj Katyal
If you are like most doctors, you are sick of hearing about burnout. There is a big debate on whether burnout is real, but in the end, no matter what name we give the problem, the real issue is that physicians are in fact suffering. Although well-intentioned, the majority of solutions are band-aids and do not address the underlying root cause: our increasing inability to pay attention to what matters in life. Optimizing our ability to focus, perform meaningful deep work, and be fully present along the way are the keys to reclaim joy and meaning in our personal and professional lives. It all starts with our attention.
Feb 11, Chris Jaeger
In April 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Primary Cares Initiative, which is expected to reduce administrative burdens and improve patient care while decreasing health care costs. This voluntary initiative will test financial risk and payment arrangements for primary care physicians (PCPs) based on performance and efficiency, including five new payment models under two paths: Primary Care First (PCF) and Direct Contracting (DC). Learn more about how these models, slated to hit 20 states in 2020, seek to address the many difficulties in paying for, and incentivizing, valuable primary care within current payment models.
Feb 10, Kirk Nahra
Congress is debating whether to enact a national privacy law. So far, healthcare data may not be getting enough attention in the debate, driven (in part) by the sense of many that healthcare privacy already has been addressed. But, from the beginning, HIPAA has had its gaps. While the healthcare industry, the patient community, and the broad variety of interested stakeholders all pay close attention to these privacy programs and the overall protection of patient data, this perspective is not obviously a part of the expanding national debate. This, unfortunately, is a mistake.