A low-protein diet, for example, may slow disease progression.
Physicians have a lot of factors to consider, including personality, data knowledge, and comfort with handling confrontation.
Findings from 4454 studies are being presented at the world's premier nephrology conference.
Physicians need a good understanding of a potential partner, regardless of the business model being considered.
It is relatively easy even for rookie hackers to get into computer systems.
Staff shortages and lack of medical records surface as problems.
Over- and under-documentation are equally considered fraudulent, and may increase audit risk, so it is essential to get coding and billing right the first time.
In a controversial and divisive article, a group of researchers proposes to improve "statistical standards of evidence" by lowering the P value from P <.05 to P <.005 in the fields of biomedical and social sciences.
Efforts by physician groups in recent years to discourage inappropriate use of radiologic imaging for the initial staging of men with newly diagnosed low-risk disease possibly paying off.
One area to that requires particular attention is investments physicians need to make in their staff.
The challenge with information security is walking the line between tightly securing data and over-relaxing access.
An interview with Ashutosh K. Tewari, MBBS, MCh
The financial shape of a practice is just one of several important considerations.
Health care providers do not necessarily have to meet every HIPAA standard.
The guidelines state that clinicians should offer blue light cystoscopy, if available, as an adjunct to traditional white light cystoscopy (WLC) to increase tumor detection and decrease recurrence.
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Partnering with another organization may provide multiple benefits, including support for participating in new value-based agreements, infrastructure to comply with regulations and access to the capital needed to fund technological investments and growth.
Shopping around for less expensive medications and buying used medical supplies and equipment can boost the bottom line.
Physician organizations need to do a better job training staff in safeguarding protected health information and complying with HIPAA in other ways.
Providers need to analyze which procedures and services constitute a large portion of their practice.
Practices involved in legal cases were penalized for not having completed a comprehensive risk assessment.
Evaluating Physician Practice Options in the Shifting Health Care Landscape Part 1
Specialists need to determine the kind of payers they have and the kind of payers they want.
Among the first things practices should do is set up a check-out/check-in system.
Medical groups may need to address such issues as claims denials and failure to obtain prior authorization.
Access control often is viewed as an IT-only job, but it is a shared responsibility.
Evidence to date provides no clear answer as to whether early or delayed RRT is the best approach.
One of the most overlooked functions of communication is establishing the patient relationship.
MACRA carries significant reimbursement implications over the next several years.
In serious breach cases, the HHS Office for Civil Rights may impose CAPs to prevent breaches from recurring.
Benefits include rapid assessment of kidney size, cortical thickness, and volume status.
World Kidney Day 2017 promotes education on the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease, advocating healthy lifestyle and health policy measures that makes preventive behaviors an affordable option.
Decreased use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents and an uptick in peritoneal dialysis use are among the trends.
Cutting down on chitchat with patients is among the ways to improve workflow.
Encryption and keeping confidential information off laptops and cellphones are among the ways to prevent breaches.
Efforts should be directed at making nephrology more appealing to recruit more trainees.
Practices should think of patients as consumers and identify ways to make their visit enjoyable.
HHS fined providers for not having a business associate agreement in place or using an outdated one.
Exhaustion, low energy, increases in absenteeism, and drops in productivity are among the signs of burnout.
Providers are still not doing some of the most basic tasks required by the law.
Managing complaints can be a way to make or break your patient relationships and online reputation.
Practices benefit from cost savings and easy access to patient records, but information breaches are still possible.
What you need to know now to benchmark your medical practice.
Medical practices can take a number of steps to make it more difficult to hack into their computer files.
Ongoing studies are now looking at pharmacogenetics when comparing mycophenolate mofitil and cyclophosphamide for treating lupus nephritis.
The approach can help identify suitable candidates for active surveillance, but false positives and cost effectiveness are concerns.
Clinicians now have tools for improving prostate cancer screening and risk stratification.
The procedure may be particularly efficacious for men with very large prostates.
A study suggests that female physicians do not use as many codes as their male counterparts, resulting in a reimbursement gap.
Now providers can be sued for HIPAA violations related to breaches of protected health information.
Many providers still find EMRs vexing, even after all these years.
Addressable doesn't mean optional: Having an implementation plan can be helpful in case of an audit.
The availability of direct-acting antiviral drugs may enable eradication of hepatitis C virus and improve outcomes.
The gross revenue of the CCM program for a physician with 1,742 patients could range from $44,000 if about one-third of the Medicare patients are eligible to as much as $178,000 if two-thirds are.
As business associates come under greater scrutiny, healthcare providers could become more susceptible to audits and patient lawsuits.
It is unclear to physicians why some patients develop calciphylaxis while others do not.
As a heterogenous disease, obesity requires an individualized approach to treatment.
Providers are becoming more comfortable with the new system, so Medicare and other payers may scrutinize claims more closely.
Practices should review the list of 18 identifiers and remove each item before sharing data.
Prompt-pay discounts and payment plans are among the ways practices can improve collections of what patients owe.
First case of colistin-resistant mcr-1 E coli in the United States; strains also have been identified in Europe and Canada.
Practices should get demos of the electronic medical record systems they are interested in and analyze the clinical and practice management aspects of these systems.
HIPAA requires physician offices to appoint a security officer, but a physician should not hold the position.
Survey results can identify physician outliers who may be bring down a whole group's satisfaction score.
Patients' representatives, individuals designated to make medical decisions for them, have equal rights to access information under HIPAA.
A summary of Dr. Jeffrey S. Berns' presentation that will be given at the National Kidney Foundation's 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston, MA.
A summary of Dr. Ronald D. Perrone's presentation that will be given at the National Kidney Foundation's 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston, MA.
Follow these tips to reduce the paperwork burden at your medical practice.
Fellowship positions go unfilled as the US faces expanding population of kidney disease patients.
Providers typically need business associate agreements with health information organizations.
The end-stage renal disease community can now capture data on depression screening and pain assessment efforts.
An interview with Neal Shore, MD
The new consensus statement reflects the advances made in glucose monitoring technology and offers guidance for clinicians.
Patients diagnosed with prostate cancer often struggle with their diagnosis.
New document from the Office of Civil Rights reminds providers of their responsibilities and offers compliance tips.
An interview with David J. McConkey, PhD
Benjamin T Ristau, MD, and Robert G. Uzzo, MD, FACS, examine why adjuvant therapies have been so ineffective.
Patients can be spared having to take off work and travel long distances for routine visits that do not require physical contact.
Tumors fall into 1 of 5 grade groups based on what pathologic findings indicate about prognosis.
Appointment schedules should reflect physicians' work style and patient demands.
Renal & Urology News interviewed Matthew R. Weir, MD, director of the division of nephrology and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Many small practices fall short on requirements because they do not have the resources to comply.
At the highest level, the ratings can be used to categorize facilities. They can also indicate which facilities may need more resources.
Threats and vulnerabilities, such as hacking potential and password strength, should be considered.
If ESRD patients face increasing difficulty getting a kidney transplant in coming years, they may see an artificial kidney as the next best alternative.
Commercial carriers increasingly are auditing practices to recoup money paid as a result of inappropriate billing.
Prepping for an audit can help reduce the risk of a breach.
Solo practitioner uses a number of inexpensive electronic tools that boost efficiency and allow her to see more patients.
Practices need to have a response plan in place.
To be a good manager, many physicians need to learn how to be humble, a better communicator, and a good listener.
Simple fixes can help practices meet the 'minimum necessary' standard under HIPAA.
Additional novel medical therapies to treat prostate cancer and earlier use of the existing medical therapies are the future of prostate cancer management.
Advances in prostate cancer screening, management and therapeutics have vastly improved patient care.
Coding and incomplete documentation are thought to be the biggest challenges under ICD-10.
Experts recommend keeping certain policies on file.
Each physician has to determine areas where there is room for improvement and the potential return on changes made.
After the assessment is over, it's time to move forward to mitigate issues and fill gaps where breaches could occur.
No matter how much pharmacologic therapy advances, patient behavior will remain a significant factor in the outcomes achieved.
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