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HHS Announces Timeline to Transition From Volume to Value

For the first time in United States history, the Health and Human Services department (HHS) has announced explicit deadlines to transition from volume to value through alternative payment models and value-based reimbursement. By the end of 2016, HHS aims to switch 30 percent of fee-for-service reimbursements to quality values by employing alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), primary care medical homes and bundled payments, and by 2018 switching up to 50 percent. Additionally, HHS will use the Hospital Value Based Purchasing and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Programs to transition 85 percent of all Medicare reimbursements to quality by 2016 and up to 90 percent by 2018.

Do you think health care providers will be able to reach these target deadlines?

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Could Robots Soon Join Your Hospital Staff? Specialty Spotlight

The largest fleet of free-roaming hospital robots in the world was present at the grand opening of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. These “Tug” robots will each travel up to 12 miles a day around the horizontal hospital, helping to carry supplies, biohazardous waste, medications and food. This should aid in the efficiency of hospital staff as well as reduce workplace injuries. They can move around and through doors by themselves, and will only need a human to intervene if they get stuck.

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Do you feel burned out in your specialty?

According to the 2015 Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report, 46 percent of physicians surveyed felt they were burned out, which increased since 2013. The most burned-out physicians were from Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, HIV/Infectious Diseases, Radiology, OB/GYN, Neurology and Urology.

Do you feel burned out?

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