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'Arrogant' surgeon who 'branded' livers fined in the U.K.

'Arrogant' surgeon who 'branded' livers fined in the U.K.

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 20, 2018

Dr. Simon Bramhall, who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations, was fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600) this month and ordered to perform community service, according to the Associated Press.

CMS' focus on 'meaningful measures' faces hurdles

CMS' focus on 'meaningful measures' faces hurdles

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 20, 2018

Providers and payers say CMS' Meaningful Measures initiative is a step in the right direction, but uncertainties still remain around which measures actually matter.

Risk-averse ACOs miss out on nearly $1B in savings

Risk-averse ACOs miss out on nearly $1B in savings

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 18, 2018

About 91% of the ACOs in non-risk bearing tracks in 2016 would have saved an additional $966 million overall if they were in a contract with downside risk, according to an Avalere Health analysis released Thursday.

Court: Yes, there is doctor-patient confidentiality

Court: Yes, there is doctor-patient confidentiality

By Associated Press  |  January 12, 2018

Connecticut's highest court ruled on an issue that most people may think is already settled, saying doctors have a duty to keep patients' medical records confidential and can be sued if they don't.

More Medicare ACOs will take on risk in 2018

More Medicare ACOs will take on risk in 2018

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 09, 2018

Of the 561 ACOs in the Medicare shared savings program this year, 101 are in a downside risk-based contract, up from 42 ACOs that were in such contracts in 2017.

AMA: Physicians generate $2.3 trillion in economic output

AMA: Physicians generate $2.3 trillion in economic output

By Tara Bannow  |  January 08, 2018

Physicians generated $2.3 trillion in economic activity and nearly 12.6 million jobs in 2015, according to an American Medical Association report. The group's president says the report is designed to push back against states that are creating difficult practice environments.

Podcast follows four 1st-year med students

Podcast follows four 1st-year med students

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 30, 2017

"Year One: Making an MD" is a new podcast that follows four students at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Hempstead, N.Y., as they learn basic procedures and hone their bedside manner.

Independent doctors get sweet deal under GOP tax cut bill

Independent doctors get sweet deal under GOP tax cut bill

By Harris Meyer  |  December 20, 2017

While many healthcare industry groups are unhappy about the Republican tax cut bill, primary-care physicians and dentists in independent practices may be smiling because they could see sharply lower personal taxes.

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