Jan 5, 2015
Weaponizing Psychology: Why the American Psychological Association Caved to Torture
Dec 3, 2014
Big data is being used by insurers to aggregate and analyze clinical and financial information in order to reduce utilization of psychiatric services and to recoup funds paid out. Anthem uses Sante Analytics, an independent data analytics firm. Other large payers either outsource or insource big data analytics to scrutinize clinician’s billing and service delivery with the same objective in mind.
Nov 4, 2014
One of the promises made to clinicians about EHRs was that they would save them time: routine tasks would be automated; duplicative data entry would be eliminated; the amount of time spent on paper work reduced.
Oct 3, 2014
Will a blood test for depression make clinician’s diagnosis obsolete? Will a simple blood test guage response to treatment? Will PCPs soon be able to diagnose and treat depression as they do, e.g. high cholesterol, using a simple blood test to assess and treat the condition? The authors of a new study would have you believe the answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes, but the truth is more complicated.
Sep 2, 2014
One reason why therapists are not paid fairly is because of the actions of a secretive committee of doctors run by the AMA which advises the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on reimbursement for medical procedures. The committee’s full name is the Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee or RUC for short. RUC members vote by secret ballot on reimbursement for over 10,000 procedure codes. CMS accepts most RUC recommendations and most insurance companies follow the guidelines closely. Consequently, the rates for most medical services in the private sector are fixed by RUC.