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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.

43 of convicted cancer doc's patients to divide $8 million settlement

By Chad Halcom, Crain's Detroit Business  |  July 21, 2016

An arbitrator will divide up an $8 million settlement sum from three hospitals and an oncology clinic later this year for the 43 patients-turned-victims suing Michigan oncologist Farid Fata. Fata is serving 45 years in prison on fraud and money laundering charges.

Recertification proposal fuels dispute between PA groups

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 21, 2016

After the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants proposed changes to the recertification process, the American Academy of PAs said it was laying the groundwork to create a new certifying organization altogether.

Medicare panel votes against coverage for leg vein treatments

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 21, 2016

A panel that advises the CMS on Medicare coverage decisions says it has little to no confidence there is adequate data that current treatments for patients with diseased leg veins improve health outcomes.

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