Commentary: The underappreciated role of medical assistants

Commentary: The underappreciated role of medical assistants

By Timothy Hoff  |  May 06, 2016

The new heroes of American healthcare do not have medical degrees. They are the indispensable go-to workers of the new American healthcare system because they are inexpensive to use and can be plugged into many different workflows within a medical setting. They are medical assistants.

What Medicare pays doctors for services and drugs

What Medicare pays doctors for services and drugs

By Gregg Blesch , Art Golab and Dave Barkholz  |  May 06, 2016

In the third round of what's now an annual event, the CMS posted a huge data set that breaks down how much Medicare paid individual physicians, diagnostic labs, ambulance services and other companies.

AmerisourceBergen sees a rough road ahead

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 05, 2016

Executives at AmerisourceBergen Corp. are concerned about the company's future future, even though revenue growth was moderately positive this quarter.

Michigan hospital back in Medicare's good graces

By Tom Henderson, Crain's Detroit Business  |  May 05, 2016

Officials for St. John Providence Health System have been told that St. John River District Hospital in St. Clair, Mich., is back in compliance with Medicare standards and a decision to terminate the hospital's participation in Medicare has been rescinded.

Can patients' genetic data help keep them healthy? Providers invest big to find out

Can patients' genetic data help keep them healthy? Providers invest big to find out

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 05, 2016

HonorHealth is one of a number of health systems investing in genomics and personalized medicine as the next frontier in healthcare. As providers are tasked with keeping people healthy through risk-based payment contracts, they're seeking new ways to target patients who need early intervention.

Merck beats Q1 profit outlooks with tight cost controls

By Associated Press  |  May 05, 2016

Merck posted an 18% jump in first-quarter income, beating Wall Street expectations, as reduced spending on marketing, administration and research easily offset lower sales of its medicines outside the U.S.

Hospitals resist CMS plans to police affiliations with banned providers

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 05, 2016

Hospitals are concerned about the administrative burden posed by a proposed CMS rule that would ban them from Medicare and Medicaid if they fail to disclose that they are working with providers or suppliers who have been barred from the programs or owe money to the government.

Cerner sees lower than expected revenue, flat bookings

By Michael Sandler  |  May 05, 2016

Cerner Corp. on Thursday reported higher revenue during the first quarter of 2016 but fell short of analysts' forecasts. The electronic health record developer also reported flat bookings.

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