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Drugmakers funnel payments to high-prescribing doctors

Drugmakers funnel payments to high-prescribing doctors

By Bob Herman  |  May 23, 2015

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.

Summit to examine physician concerns about bundled payments

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 23, 2015

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.

Demands of an aging population will have Medicare, Medicaid fighting for dollars

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 23, 2015

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.

Miss 'Mad Men'? Why not try Med Men?

Miss 'Mad Men'? Why not try Med Men?

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 23, 2015

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.

MGMA CEO Fischer-Wright on SGR repeal, ICD-10 and the impact of mergers

MGMA CEO Fischer-Wright on SGR repeal, ICD-10 and the impact of mergers

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 23, 2015

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.

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

By Joseph Conn  |  May 22, 2015

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.

Cancer docs back bundled pay

By Sabriya Rice  |  May 21, 2015

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.

Doc group seeks to sort out complex cancer screening guidelines

By Michael Sandler  |  May 19, 2015

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.

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