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Drugmakers funnel payments to high-prescribing doctors

Drugmakers funnel payments to high-prescribing doctors

Nearly one-quarter of Medicare's top-prescribing physicians received consulting fees or other financial perks from manufacturers of the drugs they prescribed in 2013, renewing nagging questions about conflicts of interest in medical decisionmaking.

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

By Joseph Conn  |  May 22, 2015
Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

A national conversion from magnetic strip-based credit and debit cards to cards embedded with security enhancing computer chips is already underway and could prove a boon to providers, after some upfront costs and hassles.


Research

Pharmaceutical companies, 2015

Pharmaceutical companies, 2015

A list of the largest publicly traded pharmaceutical companies, ranked by 2014 revenue reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other sources. Source: Modern Healthcare reporting. Published May 25, 2015. p. 50


Providers

Cancer docs back bundled pay

A payment reform strategy offering consolidated billing codes and bundled cancer-care payments aims to “fundamentally restructure” the way cancer care is paid for in the U.S.

Technology

Experts urge swift call for help to investigate data breaches

IT staff at CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield believed they contained a data hack back in June. But on Wednesday, the insurer said data on 1.1 million individuals was breached. Experts warn any delay in responding to a breach can aggravate security risks and increase public relations damage.

People

Crosson named MedPAC chairman

Crosson named MedPAC chairman

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has appointed former Kaiser Permanente executive Dr. Francis “Jay” Crosson to replace Glenn Hackbarth as chairman.

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