Nearly one-quarter of Medicare's top-prescribing physicians received consulting fees or other financial perks from manufacturers of the drugs they prescribed in 2013, renewing nagging questions about conflicts of interest in medical decisionmaking.
Providers and policymakers will explore implementation strategies for bundled-payment models and address physician concerns about the CMS' bundled-payment experiments at the Fifth National Bundled Payment Summit in Washington.
Medicare and Medicaid evolved in dramatically different ways. Medicare, which provided health coverage for seniors, became the third rail of American politics. Medicaid, a state-based program that provided health coverage for the poor, existed in a political netherworld. All that is about to change.
The Madison Avenue adventures of Don Draper, Peggy Olson and the other denizens of Sterling Cooper & Partners faded to black this month as “Mad Men” ended its heralded seven-season run on AMC.
Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association, discusses legislation repealing the sustainable growth-rate formula for physician payment, physician group readiness for ICD-10, and the effect of mergers and acquisitions among medical practices.
Michigan doc pleads guilty to unnecessary spine surgeries related to physician-owned distributorship
A Michigan doctor pleaded guilty in two federal criminal cases Friday, acknowledging that his participation in a physician-owned device distributorship led him to perform medically unnecessary spine surgeries, according to the Department of Justice.
A national conversion from magnetic strip-based credit and debit cards to cards embedded with security enhancing computer chips is already underway and could prove a boon to providers, after some upfront costs and hassles.
Federal investigators say the current process to review and recommend how Medicare pays doctors leaves it susceptible to inaccurate reporting and conflicts of interests.
A payment reform strategy offering consolidated billing codes and bundled cancer-care payments aims to “fundamentally restructure” the way cancer care is paid for in the U.S.
The California Medical Association Wednesday became the first state medical association in the country to shift from opposing physician aid-in-dying to a adopting a neutral stance—a move that supporters of legalizing the practice hope will improve its chances there and in other states.
Doctors are finding themselves in tense situations as they try to prescribe new hepatitis C drugs to patients eager for a cure while health plans limit coverage to manage the costs of the medications.
The American College of Physicians is trying to clear up confusion over cancer-screening guidelines that have evolved and gotten complicated in recent years. The organization is emphasizing "high-value screening" for breast, colorectal, cervical, prostate and ovarian cancers.