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- Meet new and looming challenges
During the next two weeks, HCPro will offer tools that can help you meet a couple of current and future medical staff challenges. First, plan on tuning into Practicing Medicine Longer: Legal and Clinical Considerations for an Aging Physician Population on Tuesday, March 11, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern.
- Single accreditation system for GME gets the go-ahead
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have agreed to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs in the U.S. The single accreditation system will allow graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common Milestones and competencies.
- Proposed budget would boost primary care
When he releases his budget next week, President Obama will propose boosting the National Health Services Corps from 8,900 a year to 15,000 a year over the next five years, as well as spending $5.23 billion to train 13,000 primary care residents over the next 10 years, administration officials told USA Today. The budget, which Obama will reveal on Tuesday, also extends higher payments to Medicaid providers, including physician assistants and nurse practitioners, by one year at a cost of about $5.44 billion.
- Care, teams, and quality improvement
The medical home model has been held up as a good way to improve patient care while reducing costs and encouraging teams of stakeholders to collaborate. So where is the evidence? A study published this week found little improvement in quality of care and no reductions in cost. Although the study didn’t offer reasons for the lackluster results, one suggestion is that the practices that volunteered for the medical home pilot program were already performing well, so better results might have been harder to generate.
- Study: Pa. medical homes yield modest care improvement
Medical homes take a team approach to care, with the help of everyone from nurses to front desk staff focusing on preventing and managing chronic disease. The goal is to avoid costly and preventable complications. However, a three-year pilot study of medical home practices in Pennsylvania found modest improvements in quality of care and no reductions in hospitalizations, emergency department visits, or total costs of care.
- CMS extends comment period for emergency preparedness rule
CMS last week extended to March 31 the comment period for its proposed Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers rule. “We believe that it is important to allow ample time for all sections of the public to comment on this proposed rule. Therefore, we are extending the comment period,” CMS stated in the Federal Register.
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