Mitch Morris on physician preferencesHere are five trends on physician perspective of the United States healthcare system, addressing healthcare reform, industry consolidation, compensation, accountable care organizations and physician opinions on the future. The data is based on the Deloitte's Physician Perspectives Survey.
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According to the "Deloitte 2013 Survey of U.S. Physicians: Physician perspectives about health care reform and the future of the medical profession" report, 74 percent of surgeons feel that financial incentives for patients — such as direct payments, reduced insurance premiums or reduced co-pays — would motivate them to lead a healthier lifestyle.
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The healthcare industry is not making the amount of progress that is needed for a smooth transition to ICD-10 in October 2014, according to a letter submitted by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, an HHS advisor, to the Secretary of HHS.  
As more people demand healthcare price transparency, in light of a recent TIME exposé on high medical charges, a Duke University physician has argued price transparency could "backfire" and cause healthcare costs to rise, according to an article in The Atlantic.
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President Barack Obama's $3.77 trillion budget plan for the 2014 fiscal year, if approved, would raise overall federal spending about 6 percent above the current sequester rates, but it would cut Medicare's budget by an estimated $370 billion through reduced payments to pharmaceutical companies and requiring wealthier seniors to pay higher premiums for Medicare Parts B and D, according to a report by Politico.
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At the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting 2013 in Chicago Stuart Weinstein, MD, discussed the organization's advocacy wing and why it's crucial for orthopedic and spine surgeons to become engaged in political advocacy in the session titled "Healthcare Advocacy: Why and How."
Healthcare prices have been an enigma within the U.S. healthcare system for many years now, and a report from the Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute quantifies how a majority of states fail to enact comprehensive healthcare price transparency laws.
In a recent Physician Wellness Services/Cejka survey, physicians and healthcare administrators were asked to review cultural attributes and rate how important they felt each attribute is to physicians' satisfaction on a 10-point scale, with 10 representing "extremely important."
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When President Barack Obama implemented a massive overhaul of U.S. healthcare in 2010 through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it was a moment of change that had not been seen for almost two decades.
A report called "January 2013: PSO Deep Dive on Health Information Technology-Related (HIT) Safety Events," by the ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to applied scientific research in healthcare, identified five potential HIT-related problem areas with regard to patient safety.
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