United States Healthcare Expenditures

United States Healthcare Expenditures

Every year, CMS publishes the National Health Expenditure (NHE) data; the most recent information was updated in December 2019 and reports data from 2018. The NHE gives important insight into how Americans spend their money on healthcare. For example, in 2018, health expenditures increased by 4.6% to an average of $11,172 per American. This represents […]

The Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

The Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

In December 2019, an outbreak of a new coronavirus began in Wuhan City,¬†China. Within weeks, it had spread throughout China and to a number of other countries. This post will outline the history of the outbreak, what we have learned from other, previous coronavirus outbreaks, and what physicians and hospitals need to know about managing […]

Hospital Power Outages

Hospital Power Outages

Perhaps no buildings are more dependent on electrical power than our hospitals. Almost everything that we do to heal and to cure ultimately depends on a reliable power supply and when that supply is interrupted, hospitals shift into disaster mode. I’ve been through several hospital power outages over the past 30 years, ranging from a […]

Should Doctors Bill For Phone Calls?

Should Doctors Bill For Phone Calls?

Beginning in January 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rolled out G2012 – a new CPT code for “Brief communication technology-based service (virtual check-in)”. This code can be used for patient phone calls as well as electronic medical record patient portal contacts initiated by a patient. For the first time, doctors can […]

The 2020 Medicare Readmission Penalty Program

The 2020 Medicare Readmission Penalty Program

Each year, Medicare analyzes the readmission rate for every hospital in the United States and then imposes financial penalties on those hospitals determined to have excessively high readmission rates. And every year, most U.S. hospitals get penalized. This year is no exception – 83% of all hospitals face penalties. The Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program […]

Gender Bias In Lecture Acoustics

Gender Bias In Lecture Acoustics

Last month, I attended the American College of Chest Physicians annual meeting. At one of the sessions, I realized I could hear the men talking but I had a hard time hearing the women despite the fact that they were all standing in front of the same lectern and all speaking in what seemed to […]