Improving Transgender Patient Care

The single most important thing a physician can do in caring for transgender patients, is to advise them where to find counselors who can provide appropriate gender dysphoria therapy. Why? The transgender population is at nine times the risk for attempted suicide as the general population. 

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Tackling Patients’ Social Problems Can Cut Health Costs

Donning a protective gown, rubber gloves and a face mask, Dayna Gurley looks like she’s heading into surgery. But Gurley is a medical social worker charged with figuring out why her client, a man who uses more health care services than almost anyone else in Houston, has been in three different hospitals in the last month.

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Q & A: The Benefits of Patient Engagement

Patient engagement is the missing variable that we haven’t sufficiently studied or acted upon. If you think about how much time we emphasize on chronic disease for example, where it’s responsible for about 40% of the deaths in the U.S. and maybe 70%-80% of the costs.

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CMS Launches New Physician Engagement Initiative

On October 13, CMS announced a push to improve physician engagement and their experience within the Medicare system. To achieve this goal, the agency is trying to reduce the reduce administrative burdens that physicians have to handle with the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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Exploring Post-Discharge Spaces Designed to Eliminate Gaps in Care

At the end of a hospital stay, many patients find themselves overwhelmed by their experience as well as the often lengthy care directions they’ve been given. Others might find themselves pushed into another care place, one that may not have the resources or focus to holistically address their problems. Too often patients find themselves released from the hospital, only to wind up back in that hospital bed within the 30-day readmission window—a metric closely watched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and hospitals everywhere.

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