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Physician practices skip round two of primary-care payment model

Physician practices skip round two of primary-care payment model

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 29, 2018

The CMS garnered only a fraction of the interest it was hoping to get for the second round of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model. Tweaks to the initiative, as well as value-based model fatigue, may have affected interest.

Kentucky school shooting tests Vanderbilt trauma team

Kentucky school shooting tests Vanderbilt trauma team

By Shelby Livingston  |  January 24, 2018

Several victims of a high school shooting in Benton, Ky., were transported Tuesday to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Responding to a school shooting was a first for the medical center's trauma team, but they were ready.

Few doctors see Medicare pay bumps for care quality

Few doctors see Medicare pay bumps for care quality

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 22, 2018

Less than 2% of the 1.1 million clinicians billing Medicare this year will receive a raise stemming from a pay-for-performance program that rewards doctors for improving patients' quality of care.

CMS' focus on 'meaningful measures' faces hurdles

CMS' focus on 'meaningful measures' faces hurdles

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 20, 2018

Providers and payers say CMS' Meaningful Measures initiative is a step in the right direction, but uncertainties still remain around which measures actually matter.

'Arrogant' surgeon who 'branded' livers fined in the U.K.

'Arrogant' surgeon who 'branded' livers fined in the U.K.

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 20, 2018

Dr. Simon Bramhall, who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations, was fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600) this month and ordered to perform community service, according to the Associated Press.

Risk-averse ACOs miss out on nearly $1B in savings

Risk-averse ACOs miss out on nearly $1B in savings

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 18, 2018

About 91% of the ACOs in non-risk bearing tracks in 2016 would have saved an additional $966 million overall if they were in a contract with downside risk, according to an Avalere Health analysis released Thursday.

Court: Yes, there is doctor-patient confidentiality

Court: Yes, there is doctor-patient confidentiality

By Associated Press  |  January 12, 2018

Connecticut's highest court ruled on an issue that most people may think is already settled, saying doctors have a duty to keep patients' medical records confidential and can be sued if they don't.

More Medicare ACOs will take on risk in 2018

More Medicare ACOs will take on risk in 2018

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 09, 2018

Of the 561 ACOs in the Medicare shared savings program this year, 101 are in a downside risk-based contract, up from 42 ACOs that were in such contracts in 2017.

AMA: Physicians generate $2.3 trillion in economic output

AMA: Physicians generate $2.3 trillion in economic output

By Tara Bannow  |  January 08, 2018

Physicians generated $2.3 trillion in economic activity and nearly 12.6 million jobs in 2015, according to an American Medical Association report. The group's president says the report is designed to push back against states that are creating difficult practice environments.

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