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Telehealth is Inexpensive yet Drives up Costs

Direct-to-consumer telehealth has been touted as a solution to booming healthcare spending. Telehealth companies promise employers cost savings; each consultation is under $50 compared to emergency department or office appointments which can be [...]

August 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Does Pay-For-Performance Improve Outcomes?

Throughout the modern history of medicine, health care has been paid for in a “fee-for-service” framework – physicians performed services and physicians were paid for those services accordingly. A common criticism is that fee-for-service [...]

July 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Docs Spend Too Much Time Behind a Computer

For years, the US has worked toward fully integrating electronic health records (EHRs) into healthcare systems in order to improve outcomes, quality of care, and cost-effectiveness, otherwise known as the Triple Aim. However, from physicians’ [...]

June 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Leapfrog Measures Show Grade Inflation

Quantifying hospital performance has become an increasingly important trend. One of the pioneers was The Leapfrog Group, who introduced a self-reported Safe Practice Score (SPS) for hospitals in 2004. Since then, measures of hospital quality have [...]

June 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Analyzing Texas’ Tort Reforms

Malpractice claims are not a popular topic around a physician’s dinner table – in fact, throughout my medical training, I’ve heard peers express unwillingness to pursue certain specialties specifically due those specialties’ high malpractice [...]

June 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

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