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Low Registration for Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program

Low Registration for Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program

Almost 30% of eligible practices failed to register and report data in the first year of the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program.

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Low Registration for Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program

Low Registration for Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program

Almost 30% of eligible practices failed to register and report data in the first year of the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program.

Biomedical Industry Payments Lower for Female vs Male Physicians

Biomedical Industry Payments Lower for Female vs Male Physicians

Male physicians in the United States receive higher general payments from the biomedical industry and are more likely to hold ownership interests in such companies compared with female physicians.

Reasons Why Many Physicians With Influenza-Like Symptoms Continue to Work

Reasons Why Many Physicians With Influenza-Like Symptoms Continue to Work

Physicians fear financial penalties associated with missing work when ill, as well as pressure from administrators.

No Benefit for Hospitals Who Volunteered to be Under Financial Incentives

No Benefit for Hospitals Who Volunteered to be Under Financial Incentives

Hospitals that volunteered to be under financial incentives for more than a decade as part of the Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration are not seeing benefits of early adoption.

Spouses of Female Physicians More Likely to Work Longer Hours Outside of the Home

Spouses of Female Physicians More Likely to Work Longer Hours Outside of the Home

A report compared self-reported occupation, personal income, hours worked outside the home, and graduate education status between spouses of male vs female physicians.

Costs of Observation Care vs Short-Stay Hospitalization for Commercially Insured Patients

Costs of Observation Care vs Short-Stay Hospitalization for Commercially Insured Patients

Among commercially insured patients, the cost of observation care has increased, but it is still lower than spending for short-stay hospitalizations.

High Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorders in At-Risk Physicians

High Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorders in At-Risk Physicians

The most common work-related musculoskeletal disorders in physicians were found to be degenerative cervical spine disease, rotator cuff pathology, degenerative lumbar spine disease, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Few Websites Provide Estimates for Medical Intervention Costs

Few Websites Provide Estimates for Medical Intervention Costs

Less than 20% of websites provide local price estimates relevant to nonemergency medical interventions.

Hospital Discharge Summaries Often Have Incorrect Prescription Information

Hospital Discharge Summaries Often Have Incorrect Prescription Information

For older patients discharged from a regional hospital, there are frequently discrepancies between the electronic discharge summaries and the National Inpatient Medication Chart or discharge prescription.

No Differences in Practice Performance With Value-Based Payment Modifier

No Differences in Practice Performance With Value-Based Payment Modifier

The Value-Based Payment Modifier program is not associated with differences in performance between practices serving higher-risk and lower-risk patients.