Financial Issues

New Recommendations May Increase Out-of-Pocket RA Treatment Costs for Medicare Part D Recipients

Dr Doshi and colleagues used the study sample to predict what costs would have been using the MedPAC proposals and found that for patients using specialty RA drugs, the OOP costs would remain front loaded into the beginning of the year, ranging from $512 to $1076 per month from January to May.

Read More ›

Depression Doubles Total Healthcare Costs in Patients with Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus

The researchers observed that previous studies of dermatologic diseases have shown a much higher prevalence of depression in patients with CLE—in some cases double or triple that of the general population.

Read More ›

Financial Toxicity Can Affect Clinical Outcomes
As oncologists and oncology practice managers know all too well, the increasing cost of cancer care has created a difficult financial conundrum for many patients with cancer. Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke Cancer Institute, was the first to coin the term financial toxicity in the literature. Oncology Practice Management (OPM) asked Dr Zafar for his perspective on this topic. Read More ›

Changes in our economy and healthcare system (ie, the Affordable Care Act, accountable care organizations, evolving reimbursement models) have given birth to a new member of the healthcare team: the financial advocate. Although many hospitals and large clinics have some form of patient advocates and nurse navigators, not all of these professionals are trained in the complex financial issues inherent to the care of treating a patient with cancer. Furthermore, many professionals are too thinly spread, and see too many patients to develop an expertise in advising on any single disease type. Read More ›

Changes in our economy and healthcare system (ie, the Affordable Care Act, accountable care organizations, evolving reimbursement models) have given birth to a new member of the healthcare team: the financial advocate. Although many hospitals and large clinics have some form of patient advocates and nurse navigators, not all of these professionals are trained in the complex financial issues inherent to the care of treating a patient with cancer. Read More ›

To maintain pace with the ongoing IT revolution, practices must find cost-effective solutions for purchasing and implementing electronic technologies. There a number of funding options available to finance investments in technology. These investments may include consulting, hardware, software, and training. It may be helpful to speak with other practices in your area to learn from their experiences. Read More ›

Subscribe to
Urology Practice Management

Stay up to date with urology news & updates by subscribing to receive the free UPM print publications or weekly e‑Newsletter.

I'd like to receive: