The U.S. House Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of scrapping Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula, passing a permanent doc fix 392-37. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the bill “transformative in how it rewards the value, not the volume.”
If Congress passes a permanent fix for Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula this week, its replacement would be a two-tiered payment system that rewards adoption of new payment models.
A list of the nation's 20 top Medicaid managed-care insurers, based on number of Medicaid covered lives as of the third quarter of 2014. Source: Weiss Ratings and Modern Healthcare reporting. Published March 23, 2015, p. 34.
The House bill that would repeal Medicare's sustainable-growth rate formula for paying physicians would also keep alive a popular graduate medical education program for at least two more years.
SelectHealth, the health insurance division of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, closed 2014 with a sizable top-line gain after it added thousands of members to its growing lineup of benefit options.
Laboratories that waive some patients' fees as part of agreements with physician practices risk running afoul of the federal anti-kickback statute, HHS' Office of Inspector General said in an advisory opinion released Wednesday.
Economic data suggest certain parts of the labor market, including healthcare, are tightening. That means healthcare organizations may need to raise wages to attract and retain the most qualified workers.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's new certification rule, released Friday, may signal a new direction for the agency: ensuring that electronic health-record systems perform as advertised.
The manufacturer of the medical endoscopes linked to outbreaks of drug-resistant bacteria at several hospitals released new recommended procedures Thursday on reprocessing their devices.