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What to know about Medicare's big bundled-payment expansion

What to know about Medicare's big bundled-payment expansion

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 25, 2016

A new mandatory program would make hospitals in 98 markets financially accountable for the cost and quality of all care associated with bypass surgery and heart attacks. It would also add new procedures to the hip and knee pilot launched this year.

How hospitals see the so-called 'July effect'

How hospitals see the so-called 'July effect'

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 25, 2016

Doctors and hospital leaders are skeptical of the "July effect," the term describing the mass arrival of new medical graduates that allegedly leads to more medical errors, lower quality of care and even higher mortality rates. They're also working to make sure it isn't real.

Partners HealthCare loses 400 physicians to Tufts

By Maria Castellucci  |  July 25, 2016

Nearly 400 physicians at Hallmark Health System in Medford, Mass., have voted to join the physician network of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, leaving Partners HealthCare's physician organization after acquisition plans fell through.

Physician Personals: Specialty group seeks primary-care practice

By Howard Wolinsky  |  July 23, 2016

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.

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.

Doctors back bill to exempt CME from Open Payments reporting

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 22, 2016

Roughly 100 national and state medical societies are backing a bill that would exempt drug and device makers from have to report payments made to doctors for participating in continuing medical education or receiving textbooks, journals and educational materials related to CME.

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