Data Points for Feb. 2, 2015

Data Points for Feb. 2, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 31, 2015

Data Points for the week of Feb. 2, 2015, covered the following topics: medical costs for chronic conditions, cervical cancer, Medicaid, coordinated care

Mednax buys Michigan anesthesiology group

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 30, 2015

Mednax, a national medical group based in Sunrise, Fla., has acquired Memac Associates, a private anesthesiologist group in Warren, Mich., as well as Synergy Anesthesia, a related entity.

University of California student health docs stage one-day strike

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 29, 2015

Physicians who practice at student health clinics on the 10 campuses of the University of California system raised concerns about staffing, student health fees and unfair labor practices during their first contract negotiations with the system.

Paying docs to manage care shows promise—but the pay is about to drop

By Andis Robeznieks  |  January 29, 2015

The CMS Innovation Center's massive Comprehensive Primary Care initiative appeared to break even its first year, but there is concern that a planned reduction in its care-management fee this year could impede the fragile momentum it has built.

Medicare's payment reform push draws praise and fears

Medicare's payment reform push draws praise and fears

By Melanie Evans and Paul Demko  |  January 26, 2015

By 2018, half of Medicare spending outside of managed care will be tied to incentives to manage quality and costs, federal officials said Monday. That was greeted with enthusiasm but also with warnings that the effort will be wasted if the new models are too weak or built on flawed measures.

HHS sets goals for expanding new Medicare payment models

By Paul Demko  |  January 26, 2015

The Obama administration wants 30% of payments for traditional Medicare benefits to be tied to alternative payment models such as accountable care organizations by the end of 2016. The administration also has set a goal of hitting 50% by the end of 2018.

AMA-led group asks feds to redo EHR testing program

By Joseph Conn  |  January 23, 2015

The American Medical Association is calling for an overhaul of a federal program to test and certify electronic health-record systems for suitability in the EHR incentive-payment program. Its request has been joined by 34 other medical specialty societies and healthcare professional organizations.

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