Volume V, Issue 36

Sept. 3, 2018
4 Reason Why Physicians Will Become Extinct 
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Varun Verma, a medical doctor, predicts the demise of her profession in a shocking September 1, 2018 KevinMD post.

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According to the author:

Artificial intelligence, legislation, profit motives in the  health care industry, and clever lobbying by non-physician providers may all contribute to our demise. However, I believe the existential threat to our profession stems from the ranks of physicians themselves.
What Have We Learned About Bundling Medical Conditions?
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In an Aug. 28, 2018 Health Affairs blog post we get an insightful update from authors Amol S. Navathe, Eric Shan, and Joshua M. Liao:
 
...the impact of bundled payments appears to differ between surgical and medical episodes. On one hand, Medicare has achieved promising results from bundling surgical care for lower extremity joint replacement...On the other hand, recent evidence corroborates analyses conducted by Medicare and its contractor, suggesting that as designed, bundles for medical conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are not associated with significant changes in quality or Medicare spending.
 
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According to the authors:
 
By designing bundles that span hospitalization and post-acute care, Medicare has emphasized reductions in post-acute utilization and spending as major financial savings opportunities. While this approach suits surgical care in which a procedure triggers a cascade of acute and post-acute care, it may pose several challenges for episodes related to medical conditions.
New CDC analysis shows steep and sustained increases in STDs in recent years
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An 8/28/18 CDC.gov press release delivers the bad news:

Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and CDC logo syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C.

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This surpassed the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases and marked the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

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