The transition time given is an acknowledgement that payment reform will be an evolutionary process that will take many years, but do not mistake this transition year as similar to past laws or policy changes that have been more about delays. The MACRA journey is underway; we are full speed ahead.
Pontiac, Mich.-based DeGarA, an emergency physician group serving 10 hospitals and freestanding emergency rooms in Michigan, has merged into American Physician Partners, a Brentwood, Tenn., ER group that now serves 40 hospitals and ERs in eight states.
The final MACRA rule eases some data-reporting requirements. But it will likely strain small IT vendors who have to tweak platforms to meet certification requirements, and that may derail efforts to make technology more patient-friendly, relevant and specialty-specific.
The Comprehensive Primary Care initiative has been testing whether paying practices to deliver advanced primary care through better coordination improves health outcomes and saves money.
Psychiatric patients wait disproportionately longer in emergency departments before receiving treatment and experience longer stays compared to other medical patients, according to reports released Monday by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Rebecca Parker has been appointed the new president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, effective immediately for a one-year term. Parker succeeds Dr. Jay Kaplan, who steps down after completing his one-year term at the medical society that represents about 34,000 physicians.
A little bacteria won't stop Dr. Aaron Carroll. He says he'll gladly eat food that's fallen on the floor. Take that bashers of the five-second rule!
Nearly a third of physicians could be exempt from Medicare's new Merit-based Incentive Payment System under a final rule the CMS issued Friday. The CMS also signaled it would broaden the opportunities for physicians to participate in alternative models.
About 87% of health law attorneys think their clients are at a greater risk of cybersecurity attacks than other industries, according to a survey released Thursday by the American Health Lawyers Association, a nonpartisan organization with 13,500 members.
Doctors Without Borders is refusing 1 million free pneumonia vaccines from Pfizer because it objects to restrictions that often come with donated vaccines. The not-for-profit is also concerned about how Pfizer and other drugmakers use donations to justify charging high prices to other buyers.
The CMS on Thursday announced a long-term initiative to improve physicians' experience with the Medicare program by reducing administrative burdens.
Republican lawmakers are warning the CMS that if its draft rule on the new physician payment framework is finalized as is, small practices may close their doors, leading to more consolidation and higher healthcare costs.