I'm a jail physician. Here's what likely happened to Jeffrey Epstein. Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 August 2019 17:31

Dr. Jeffrey Keller reports in a KevinMD post dated 8.16.19:  
Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide while in custody at a Manhattan detention facility has focused intense media scrutiny into jail suicide prevention procedures. Suicide is the biggest cause of death in jails in the U.S. - by far. Because of this, all jails (including the facility where Epstein was housed) have a suicide prevention policy. Since the process was an epic failure at that Manhattan facility, it might be useful to discuss how a jail suicide prevention program is supposed to work. 

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2019 17:39
Anthem irks docs Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 August 2019 17:19

Samantha Liss reports for Healthcare Dive on 8.2.19:  
Anthem is again ruffling the feathers of providers. This time over a new reimbursement policy denying payment for certain follow-up office visits the same day a procedure is performed. The policy could impact many specialists and primary care doctors... It's the latest in a string of controversial policies from Anthem. The Blue Cross payer that insures 40 million people has taken steps to rein in costs by enforcing different payment policies based on site of care and other factors... As deductibles rise and patients are shouldering a greater burden of the cost of care, insurers may be feeling the pressure from employers to wring out costs from the provider side... For providers, the big fear is the change will result in unjustified claim denials and encourage other payers to adopt similar measures.

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Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2019 17:23
U.S. Overdose Deaths Dipped In 2018, But Some States Saw 'Devastating' Increases Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 July 2019 16:58

Selena Simmons-Duffin reports for NPR via Health News Florida on 7/18/19:  
Good news came out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday: Preliminary data shows reported drug overdoses declined 4.2% in 2018, after rising precipitously for decades...But not everyone was celebrating. Some states actually saw double-digit increases.
"It is still a nightmare. And the danger in media over-portraying this is actually quite substantial," says Shawn Ryan, MD, an addiction doctor in Ohio and past-president of the Ohio Society of Addiction Medicine. "If we look at just that decrease nationally - which is not that big - we're missing the point. In order to get back to baseline, we have a very long way to go." 

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2019 17:09
Private equity, physician-owned centers & more: Dr. Michael Rivers on ASC trends Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

Rachel Popa interviews Michael Rivers, MD, Director of EMA Ophthalmology for EHR developer Modernizing Medicine, based in Boca Raton, for Becker's ASC on July 16, 2019. He weighed in on the key ASC trends this year.

Question: What trends should ASC leaders expect to see this year?

Dr. Michael Rivers: ASCs are drawing increasing market emphasis in specialty practices, specifically ophthalmology and gastroenterology, due to the profitability potential for doctors combined with the cost-effectiveness for patients...

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