Cover Story

GI Game Changers

From exciting new hepatitis C treatments that may even include a vaccine to DNA stool tests that can help detect colorectal cancer and a rise in laryngo-pharyngeal reflux (LPR), physicians have more tools and challenges to treat common gastrointestinal disorders than ever before.

Bariatric Surgery: An Underutilized Tool

Obesity has proven one of the least tractable health issues, with only about 1% of those using traditional medical and lifestyle changes to lose weight able to keep it off long term. Studies show that bariatric surgery not only can maintain weight loss, but also can positively impact metabolic syndrome and other associated conditions.

Wearables: Beyond Fitness Tracking

Wearable fitness devices have been on the market for over a decade, but only recently have they begun expanding into exciting health uses beyond tracking fitness. The 2014 mHealth Summit in National Harbor, DC, and the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show unveiled the latest trends.

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The Challenge of Controlling Healthcare Utilization

A conversation with Jesse Pines, MD, MBA, Director of the Office of Clinical Practice Innovation at George Washington University regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the current acute care system, and cost containment/utilization approaches.

The Impact of the ACA on Private Practice and Physician Happiness

Our healthcare system is at a crossroads; one that relies on market forces to spur innovation, or one that relies on a select few to set policy for the rest of us. Doctors who employ best practices, such as those used by top billing services, should be able to remain in control of their destiny.

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Current Departments

Compliance

Open Payments/Sunshine Act Year Two: Guidance for Physicians  

On June 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish the first full-year report of payments to physicians from pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Physicians who want to review their data before publication can register with CMS. These data are being published pursuant to the Sunshine Act portion of the ACA […]

Living

Tavel to Charleston With a Little Help from Apps

I recently traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to visit my dad with my daughter, Lindsay, who joined me from her current home base of New York City. Over the last couple of years, I’ve visited there several times and am truly in love with “Chucktown.” Every March/April issue, we focus on updates in mHealth. While planning the mHealth update for this issue […]

Cases

Body Contouring Following Bariatric Surgery

Twenty-three-year-old TJ has struggled with his weight throughout his life. TJ tried to diet and exercise but this was not working. He consulted with the team of physicians at the University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness in Baltimore, and enrolled in their comprehensive program. He eventually underwent a sleeve gastrectomy. [...]

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