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- Working smarter, not harder
A couple of weeks ago I asked readers whether they thought about work during time off. Their answers ranged from “what time off?” and “I not only think about work during time away, I also do it” (which made up the majority of reader replies) to “No—when I’m out of the office, I’m not thinking about work.” However, nearly all of the responders also mentioned that their workload is as heavy as they’ve ever seen it.
- FSMB unveils draft Interstate Medical Compact legislation
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) last week announcd a completed draft of model legislation to create an Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The compact would expedite the process of issuing licenses for physicians who wish to practice in multiple states. The model legislation creates the process and establishes the location of a patient as the jurisdiction for oversight and patient protections, according to the FSMB.
- Study: Administrative costs for U.S. healthcare are highest
A team of international health policy experts recently compared administrative costs of U.S. hospitals with those of other industrialized nations with various types of healthcare systems: Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. The study, which appears in the September issue of HealthAffairs, found that administrative costs accounted for more than 25% of total U.S. hospital expenditures, and the percentage is increasing. Next highest were the Netherlands (just under 20%) and England (15.5%), which are transitioning to market-oriented payment systems according to the study abstract.
- Groups applaud proposed telemedicine expansion
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) this week announced their approval of CMS’ recommended expansion of telemedicine coverage for Medicare beneficiaries. The AHA and ATA separately addressed the possible telemedicine expansion in CMS’ proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2015.
- Hot off the presses
The newest issue of CRCJ is here, and includes the first installment of our look at credentialing practitioners in hospital-owned clinics. This was the topic of a recent Credentialing Resource Center Insider Editor’s Note that generated a high level and variety of responses, despite hitting inboxes on a Friday in the middle of the summer. Thank you to all who have contributed insight or just curiosity to this challenge! This is a topic that will be revisited.
- Survey: 2013 saw a spike in physician retirement
The national rate of physician turnover held steady at just under 7% during the past two years, but the number of physicians who retired from practice increased sharply in 2013, to an unprecedented 18%, according to the ninth annual Physician Retention Survey from the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and Cejka Search.
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