And four more news items for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs to peruse this week.
- On Thursday, March 1, Uber announced the launch of Uber Health, as reported by USA TODAY, which has been in testing with approximately 100 doctors and hospitals for the past eight months. The new desktop platform was designed for healthcare providers and lets physicians arrange rides for patients who may otherwise miss appointments because they lack transportation.
- Eighty-three percent of 1,300 physicians recently surveyed by the American Medical Association (AMA) said their practices have experienced a cyberattack of some kind, according to an AMA Wire item published March 2. The article provides five measures to help providers tackle flaws in cybersecurity that could render their practices vulnerable, including evaluation of the risk and creating a plan to address it, as well as cyclic reviews and updates to the risk analysis.
- Roughly 20 members of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Orthopaedics and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America agree on five tests/procedures physicians and patients should question, as reported by PM360. In a recent post, Choosing Wisely highlighted those that are regularly overutilized, including follow-up X-rays for buckle (or torus) fractures that are no longer tender or painful, as determined by the frequency of responses and importance of the condition.
- The American Journal of Managed Care reports more than 50 percent of physicians say their patients face coverage issues, once a month at minimum, resulting from incorrect data included in payer directories, consistent with a survey from the AMA and LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Due to these findings, federal officials have dispensed nearly two dozen notices of noncompliance and 31 warning letters to Medicare Advantage plans this year.
- A couple of months into the new year, Medical Economics shares responses from its Reader Reactor Panel, which includes more than 200 physicians throughout the United States, and its editorial advisory board regarding their top goals for doctors in 2018. Among physicians’ leading resolutions are eating better, exercising, getting adequate sleep, managing stress, and making family and the relationship with a partner/spouse a priority.
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