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- Sharing more information
The latest issue of Medical Staff Briefing is here, and if there’s a common theme throughout, it’s information sharing—what to share, how to share it, and when. The lead-off Q&A with Karen Beem of the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) sheds light on HFAP’s new standards for OPPE and FPPE. Inside the newsletter, guest contributor Anne Roberts describes what MSPs need to do to keep disclosure and consent consistent while safeguarding patients.
- Do differences in physician and NP training affect patient care?
As more states expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners (NPs) in an effort to combat the growing physician shortage, news website Remapping Debate explores the differences in training between the providers and whether those differences impact patient care.
- ACP seeks better communication between PCPs, subspecialists
The American College of Physicians (ACP) last week debuted a High Value Care Coordination Toolkit designed to enable more effective and patient-centered communication among primary care physicians (PCPs) and subspecialists. The toolkit includes five components.
- Is California the place to be?
The MSP Salary Survey is still open, so these results may shift somewhat, but a clearer salary picture is emerging as MSPs weigh in. Early unofficial tabulation shows California has the most MSPs making more than $100,000, by a margin of more than 2 to 1 compared to other states. So far, 29% of California respondents say their salaries are above $100K. Texas put 10% of respondents in that bracket, and New Jersey respondents round out the top of the top, at 8%.
- AMA won’t block release of physician data
The AMA announced earlier this week it won’t try to block Medicare’s release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it continues to oppose the government’s decision to open up the massive data trove. An AMA official, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Associated Press that the group wouldn’t go to court ahead of the April 9 scheduled release.
- Study: 1,000 physicians needed in N.Y. State
Healthcare facilities in Western and upstate New York are facing a shortage of physicians, and it’s particularly challenging to recruit primary care physicians (PCP), according to a survey by the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS). The survey reports that 123 more physicians in the region retired or moved than began practicing last year. Hospitals also told HANYS that they have openings for 21 PCPs on their staffs.
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