Healthy Policy & Legislation

Coding and Reimbursement: Effect of Physicians' Gender

Coding and Reimbursement: Effect of Physicians' Gender

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A study suggests that female physicians do not use as many codes as their male counterparts, resulting in a reimbursement gap.

America's Mental Health System Update

America's Mental Health System Update

Patients with a diagnosed psychiatric problem are at increased odds of being in the emergency department for more than 24 hours.

Correlation Between Medicaid Expansion and Increased Medicaid Revenue

Correlation Between Medicaid Expansion and Increased Medicaid Revenue

Hospitals in states with Medicaid expansions had an increase of $3.2 million in mean annual Medicaid revenue per hospital.

HIPAA Compliance: Encrypting Patient Health Information

HIPAA Compliance: Encrypting Patient Health Information

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HIPAA doesn't require providers to encrypt devices or electronic information, but many experts highly recommend it.

Listing Kratom As Schedule I Will Impede Research Opportunities

Listing Kratom As Schedule I Will Impede Research Opportunities

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The DEA's plan to list kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance would make researching the possible opioid substitute much more difficult.

How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Worldwide

How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Worldwide

How does the U.S. health care system perform relative to other countries on various dimensions of efficiency?

Increase in Treatment of Children with Autism Remains Modest Following Insurance Mandates

Increase in Treatment of Children with Autism Remains Modest Following Insurance Mandates

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The longer autism spectrum disorder insurance mandates remained in place, the more that mandate-associated treated prevalence increased.

Four Distinct Patterns of End-Of-Life Healthcare Spending

Four Distinct Patterns of End-Of-Life Healthcare Spending

Overall, almost half of older Medicare beneficiaries who died in 2012 had persistent high spending throughout the final year of life.

Addressing the Impending Physician Shortage

Addressing the Impending Physician Shortage

Demand for physicians continues to grow faster than supply, according to a new study commissioned by The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Potential Drug Target Identified for Flaviviruses Such as Zika, Dengue, and West Nile

Potential Drug Target Identified for Flaviviruses Such as Zika, Dengue, and West Nile

A pregnant woman can pass Zika virus to her fetus during pregnancy.

Debating the Potential Impact of Single-Payer Health Care

Debating the Potential Impact of Single-Payer Health Care

How do we make healthcare more affordable, accessible, and higher quality?

More Suicide Prevention Training Proposed for New Jersey Teachers

More Suicide Prevention Training Proposed for New Jersey Teachers

Lawmakers in New Jersey have proposed a bill that would increase the amount of suicide prevention training for public school teachers.

Emotional, Behavioral Disorders in U.S. Children Undertreated

Emotional, Behavioral Disorders in U.S. Children Undertreated

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Many children in the United States who have emotional or behavioral disorders are not treated.

APA Updates Employer Guide for Mental Health Parity Act

APA Updates Employer Guide for Mental Health Parity Act

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The American Psychiatric Foundation has updated the Employer Guide for Compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Inpatient Psychiatric Care Should Be Expanded, Improved

Inpatient Psychiatric Care Should Be Expanded, Improved

Inpatient psychiatric care in the United States needs to be expanded to accommodate the millions with serious mental illness.

Health Effects of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado

Health Effects of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado

Legalizing marijuana in Colorado has increased the number of hospital visits from marijuana-related ailments.

CMS Blocks Access to Physician Open Payments System

CMS Blocks Access to Physician Open Payments System

CMS has suspended access to the system for the second time in weeks, as it deals with technical issues including data mix-ups.

Novel Mental Health Squad Now Serves San Antonio

Novel Mental Health Squad Now Serves San Antonio

A new program requiring police undergo mental health training is sending those with mental illnesses to treatment, not jail.

Top 10 Goals for Psychiatry in 2014

Top 10 Goals for Psychiatry in 2014

Former American Psychiatric Association President Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, outlined past accomplishments and set goals for the future at the APA 2014 Meeting.

Affordable Care Act Promotes Prevention, Public Health

Affordable Care Act Promotes Prevention, Public Health

In addition to increasing health insurance coverage, law addresses issues with low health care efficiency and quality.

More Americans Insured Under Affordable Care Act

More Americans Insured Under Affordable Care Act

About 5% of the U.S. population is newly insured in 2014.

Docs Asked to Judge Patients' Competency to Carry Guns

Docs Asked to Judge Patients' Competency to Carry Guns

Many don't feel qualified to make those decisions, survey finds

Political Contributions From Physicians Shifting to Democrats

Political Contributions From Physicians Shifting to Democrats

Shift from Republican toward Democrat as more women enter field and other factors change

AMA Offers Payment Guides for New Care Models

AMA Offers Payment Guides for New Care Models

Webinar and guide aid physicians in understanding payments in fee-for-value model.

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