It's the end of the month and time for another look at recent news of interest for inpatient-focused providers.
Every week, more and more medical practices are transitioning from a fee-for-service model to value-based care. That’s a good thing, according to at least one physician, because the goal of value-based care is to lower healthcare costs while improving quality and outcomes.
A study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine found that U.S. doctors who received a single free meal from a drug company were more likely to prescribe the drug the company was promoting than doctors who received no such meals. Meals paid for by drug companies cost less than $20 on average. Researchers examined payments and prescriptions in 2013 associated with three brand-name cardiovascular drugs and one antidepressant; each had lower-cost alternatives.
Research suggests that advanced-practice clinicians such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants do not provide more costly and unnecessary tests, treatments and referrals to specialists compared with physicians in the primary care setting. This is positive news given that access is still a pressing issue for millions of Americans.
The hospital can be a scary place. With so much uncertainty about what to expect, it would be nice to have a guide to help identify risk factors for patient distress and discomfort. If your patient answers yes to any of the questions in this piece, you may be in for some crying during the admission process.
One example - Are you being transferred from an outside hospital at 5 PM on a Friday?