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Small practices need allies

Small practices need allies

By Howard Wolinsky  |  July 23, 2016

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 education of a safety specialist

The education of a safety specialist

By Meeri Kim  |  July 16, 2016

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.

Competition for new docs pushing pay higher

Competition for new docs pushing pay higher

By Joseph Conn  |  July 16, 2016

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.

GOP preview: major differences on Medicare

GOP preview: major differences on Medicare

By Harris Meyer  |  July 09, 2016

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.

Physicians seek employed status to weather payment risks

Physicians seek employed status to weather payment risks

By Dave Barkholz  |  July 09, 2016

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.

EHR safety goes to court

EHR safety goes to court

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 25, 2016

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.

Beyond the EHR money pit

Beyond the EHR money pit

By Beth Kutscher  |  June 25, 2016

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.

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 18, 2016

The CMS says it's well on its way to dragging hospital systems into the brave new world of risk-based contracting. The systems say, not really.

Drug companies fight generics with coupons

Drug companies fight generics with coupons

By Howard Wolinsky  |  June 11, 2016

Drugmakers are making increased use of consumer coupons, which are designed to thwart the high copays used by pharmacy benefit managers and insurers to channel consumers to less-costly generic drugs.

The PBM value-price equation

By Howard Wolinsky  |  June 11, 2016

Are the drugs excluded from formularies by pharmacy benefits managers really no better than what's available at a cheaper price?

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