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The paper chart holdouts

Robert Lending, MD, describes himself as a “computer dinosaur.” The Tucson, Ariz., internist and clinical lipidologist gets cash from bank tellers rather than ATMs. He doesn’t make online purchases or use social media. And he doesn’t use electronic health records.   Lending, 65, calls EHRs “the most dangerous, ridiculous piece of equipment I could ever have conceived of,” adding that his colleagues envy him for the peace of mind and extra time he enjoys from using paper charts. “You can’t believe how angry they are at computers, at the whole system,” he ...

CA physicians outline agenda to improve patient affordability, access and quality

The California Medical Association (CMA) recently convened the organization’s 147th annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting in Sacramento. Over 500 California physicians debated and outlined a bold agenda to increase health care affordability, improve health care delivery, create efficiencies throughout the health care system, and improve health outcomes, which includes addressing social determinants of health and expanding telehealth services. “Physicians serve at the center of health care delivery, providing a unique expertise to ensure our patients are receiving affordable, timely and quality care,” said CMA President David H. Aizuss, M.D. “Health ...

HHS Encouraging Physicians to Use Telemedicine to Help Treat Opioid Use Disorder

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing materials to encourage physicians to take advantage of telemedicine tools, according to a recent HHS blog post.  The newly-available resources were developed to help clinicians better understand how they can use telemedicine as a tool to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) and expand treatment options. “Working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), HHS developed materials to help clarify how clinicians can use telemedicine as a tool to expand buprenorphine-based MAT [medication assisted treatment]for opioid use disorder treatment under current DEA regulations,” said the ...

Physicians Foundation 2018 Survey Results

The Physicians Foundation has released the findings of its 2018 survey of U.S. physicians that examines a wide variety of factors impacting practice patterns, career plans and physician burnout.   With physicians in offices, emergency rooms, urgent cares, retail and other settings having an estimated one billion patient encounters a year, the survey underscores the overall impact of excessive regulatory/insurer requirements, loss of clinical autonomy and challenges with electronic health record (EHR) design/interoperability on physician attitudes toward their medical practice environment and overall dissatisfaction and burnout. Keep Reading

Verity Health System Enters into Asset Purchase Agreement with Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County has entered into an agreement to acquire O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif., and Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, Calif., for $235 million Verity Health continues to actively seek potential buyers for its other hospitals All Verity Health hospitals continue to provide high-quality care to patients throughout the Chapter 11 process Verity Health System of California, Inc. (“Verity Health”), a nonprofit healthcare system, today filed a motion in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles seeking bankruptcy court approval of a procedure to obtain bids ...