#PNN In Other News

Here are some other local, state or national stories we are reading that may impact you, your practice or your patients.

How big tech will affect healthcare: 4 key thoughts | Big tech companies such as Amazon, Google and Apple are all making headway in the healthcare space. But how will they actually change the way healthcare is delivered? During the Becker's Hospital Review 5th Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle event in Chicago on Oct. 10, four panelists discussed tips for EHR implementation and physician engagement during a session titled "How Will Big Tech and Wall Street Impact Healthcare?" The panelists include Stephen Morgan, senior vice president and CMIO of Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va.; Chris Joerg, CISO of Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Megan Ranney, MD, director of emergency digital health innovation program at Brown University in Providence, R.I.; and Aaron Miri, CIO of Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin (Texas).

New Study Shows Growing Shortage of U.S. Oncologists Poses Risks to Women's Health | Doximity, the largest professional medical network, released a new study that illuminates an emerging women's cancer care crisis. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. for women, exceeded only by heart disease1. Of those cancer deaths, breast and lung cancer are the top two deadliest for American women, making access to treatment a key concern for women's healthcare nationally. The demand for cancer treatment is expected to grow by 40 percent over the next six years and at the same time, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is projecting a shortage of more than 2,200 oncologists over the next six years2. The "2019 Women's Health and Oncologist Workforce Analysis" asses which U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) will be most severely impacted by the coming shortage of oncologists.

Physicians revolt after Medi-Cal provider attempts to cut insurance reimbursements | Emergency room doctor Sameer Bakhda had worked the overnight shift at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and he was tired. Despite his fatigue the afternoon of Oct. 23, he had an urgent message to deliver to the board of directors of the Central California Alliance for Health: Don’t cut Medi-Cal reimbursements to emergency room doctors. They’re on the front lines of not only saving people’s lives – CHOMP doctors treated eight suspected fentanyl overdoses in the preceding week – but also saving the nonprofit insurance provider money. “You are never going to find a better partner than an emergency room physician,” he said, after outlining how he recently tracked down a $500 rabies vaccine at a pharmacy that would have cost $8,000 through the hospital. “We fix problems, we get through roadblocks, we take care of our patients no matter what.” Board members and Alliance executives had a bigger number on their minds that afternoon: $57 million, the budget deficit so far in 2019. It’s another year of losses – in 2018 the deficit was $89.2 million, absorbed in part by the nonprofit’s reserves. Medical costs for its 343,000 members on Medi-Cal in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Merced counties are currently higher than payments received from the state, says CEO Stephanie Sonnenshine. A mix of reasons led to higher costs, including increasing provider payments in 2016.

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