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Doctors may skip new CMS primary-care payment initiative

Doctors may skip new CMS primary-care payment initiative

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 26, 2016

Despite a looming deadline, the CMS has failed to provide physicians enough information to decide whether to participate in an ambitious initiative meant to improve primary care by placing physician practices in risk-based payment agreements. That, trade groups say, could tank the program.

AMA, others push for right to continue billing panel appeals

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 26, 2016

Major medical societies are urging the CMS to continue to allow a decades-old panel that hears appeals from providers who have been underpaid. The CMS, however, largely ignores its recommendations.

Surgeon general sends letter urging 2.3 million physicians to fight opioid epidemic

Surgeon general sends letter urging 2.3 million physicians to fight opioid epidemic

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 26, 2016

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says fighting opioid abuse is one of the highest priorities of the Obama administration. “As clinicians, we have the unique power to help end this epidemic. As cynical as times may seem, the public still looks to our profession for hope during difficult...

CHG Healthcare expands temporary physicians staffing business

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 25, 2016

CHG Healthcare Services purchased Global Medical Staffing, a company that temporarily places physicians in healthcare facilities worldwide. CHG will retain all 50 employees at the firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

TeamHealth continues buying spree of medical groups

TeamHealth continues buying spree of medical groups

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 24, 2016

TeamHealth has purchased an emergency physicians group in La Mesa, Calif. TeamHealth and other physician staffing companies have shown an insatiable appetite to buy medical groups, although patient billing concerns linger.

Health center conference will focus on getting right mix of providers

By Harris Meyer  |  August 20, 2016

Speakers such as Dr. Karen DeSalvo, HHS' acting assistant secretary of health, will discuss how innovative care models such as patient-centered medical homes will drive which types of healthcare professionals are most needed to serve the clinics' low-income patients.

Body donations on the rise at U.S. medical schools

By Associated Press  |  August 17, 2016

Many U.S. medical schools are seeing a surge in the number of people leaving their bodies to science, a trend attributed to rising funeral costs and growing acceptance of a practice long seen by some as ghoulish.

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