The November elections surely won't end the nonstop, eight-year political war over the shape of the U.S. healthcare system. But the ballot results likely will determine whether the changes driven by the ACA continue in the same direction or the system returns to its previous, less-regulated form.
Physicians are increasingly selling their practices to larger groups to gain access to the capital and expertise needed to survive under value-based reimbursement.
This is not a time for procrastinators as Medicare physician reimbursement undergoes its biggest change since its launch in 1965.
The single life may prove troublesome for specialty group practices under MACRA. David Fitzgerald, CEO of Proliance Surgeons in suburban Seattle, said specialty practices are in the dark about their fate under the new physician reimbursement system.
Dr. Joe Schlecht isn't afraid of MACRA, although he knows the design of the new Medicare payment system will be challenging for small practices like his. “Most primary-care physicians are still practicing like they did 10 years ago. They don't even know how to spell MACRA,” he said.
The decadelong movement to combat medical errors in hospitals and other healthcare settings has increased demand for specialists who can lead quality and safety improvement projects. New graduate programs are teaching mid-career professionals those leadership skills.
With a median annual compensation of $555,000, orthopedic surgeons topped the highest-paid list this year among the 23 medical specialties in Modern Healthcare's 23rd annual Physician Compensation Survey.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is nothing like the party's previous nominees, so it isn't surprising that the GOP health policy platform only days ahead of the convention remains largely unknown—very unlike 2012 or 2008.
Dr. Theodore Strange and his 60 physician colleagues at the University Physicians Group in New York City will soon be hospital-employed again. Across the country, physician groups are going through the same deliberate exercises that led Strange and partners to cast their lot with a bigger system.
A recently filed lawsuit alleging that a faulty electronic health record system caused patient harm may be among the first in a wave of such cases, even though most experts say the latest EHR systems are better designed than older models.
Demands for constant upgrades to already-installed electronic health record systems are slowing investment in other important digital technologies like telehealth, remote patient monitoring and online billing.
Federally qualified health centers that serve mostly poor and low-income families in distressed or rural communities have always had a tough time recruiting physicians. And now, it's getting even harder.