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A promising start
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Medicare's long-anticipated release of individual physician payments revealed there is huge potential in public use of this newly available data source—although not in the ways most observers expected.
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After health IT's March madness
By Merrill Goozner | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals, physician practices and insurers should continue preparing for the switch to ICD-10 coding, which the government last week postponed for at least 12 months. It will build pressure on Congress and the White House to reverse this terrible decision.
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Blocked on a metaphor
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The latest temporary “doc fix”—the 17th cancellation in physician pay cuts theoretically imposed by Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula—needs a new metaphor.
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Where should you go for cancer care?
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | March 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
When it comes to cancer care, there is a huge disconnect between the possibilities of modern medicine and its day-to-day practice. As last fall's troubling report from the Institute of Medicine noted, variation in oncology practice is wide; collection of quality and outcomes data is poor; and...
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The coming assault on narrow networks
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | March 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The outcome of last week's special election for a vacant House seat in Florida guarantees that attacks on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by Republican candidates will dominate the airwaves this fall.
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Obama's indirect way of changing the physician mix
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | March 08, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The administration's proposal to rejigger how the nation trains the next generation of physicians is worth exploring in depth.
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Keep the public health information exchanges open
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | March 01, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Anyone looking for evidence of the job-creating effects of the 2009 stimulus act need look no further than the burgeoning health information technology marketplace.
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To pay for a doc fix, focus on post-acute care
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | February 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In a rare display of bipartisanship, key committees of both houses of Congress are backing legislation that would permanently erase the sustainable growth-rate formula, a poorly thought out payment reform measure that for more than a decade dictated sharp cuts in Medicare physician pay. Now all...
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When an ounce of prevention is worth an ounce of cure
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | February 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The greatest longevity advances of the past century came from prevention, broadly defined. In the first half of the 20th century, centralized heat, water and sanitation added decades to the average American lifespan.
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RCTs: A flawed test of delivery system reform
By Merrill Goozner | February 08, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The first results from the delivery system reforms being tested under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are mixed. Whether it is accountable care, shared savings or targeting the chronically ill for special attention—three of the more promising experiments among the 40 or so...
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