Docs face stark choices under new Medicare pay proposal

Docs face stark choices under new Medicare pay proposal

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 30, 2016

The new draft regulations designed to change how Medicare pays clinicians represent the most sweeping overhaul the CMS has made in a long time to the business of running a physician practice.

Tobacco tax for Medicaid plan faces challenge in Oklahoma

By Associated Press  |  April 30, 2016

A plan to shift coverage for some of Oklahoma's Medicaid recipients in order to trigger an infusion of federal funding appears to be gaining support among Republican lawmakers, but the idea of funding it with a tobacco tax is facing uphill sledding in the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Medicare's new quality program targets measurement fatigue

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 30, 2016

The CMS is preparing to cull the number of quality metrics that physicians have to report as it rolls three quality-incentive programs into what Congress conceived as a more harmonized framework.

Pride and prejudice and physicians

Pride and prejudice and physicians

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 30, 2016

It is a truth universally acknowledged that young single doctors will catch the attention of a mother with five marriageable daughters. That's the premise behind the latest reworking of Jane Austen's most beloved work, Pride and Prejudice.

Neurologists tackle concussions at annual meeting

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 30, 2016

The effects of concussions have been studied and documented in a major motion picture, which has led to a more public conversation within the healthcare community. Now the American Association of Neurological Surgeons will spotlight the injury.

Wayne State, DMC leaders agree to contract negotiating plan

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  April 29, 2016

Top officials at Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center have agreed to a new negotiating plan to move contract talks forward, Crain's Detroit Business has learned.

Lifespan partners with four primary-care physician practices

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 29, 2016

Rhode Island's largest health system, Lifespan, which participates in bundled payments with the state Blues plan, will share responsibility for cost and care of patients. The partnership provides the physicians access to Lifespan's specialty clinicians and its electronic health record system.

FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

By Associated Press  |  April 29, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.

Will Medicare's physician payment overhaul drive more docs to hospitals?

Will Medicare's physician payment overhaul drive more docs to hospitals?

By Beth Kutscher and Adam Rubenfire  |  April 27, 2016

The CMS has started to answer the many questions surrounding how physicians will get paid under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. But some stakeholders were immediately dissatisfied with what they saw, and the 963-page rule may have raised as many questions as it answered.

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