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Docs call MACRA an improvement that has its own challenges

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 03, 2016

Physicians speaking at the American Hospital Association annual meeting Tuesday said smaller practices in particular will have trouble with tight deadlines and substantial infrastructure requirements.

Blog: Is 'value-based care' more than a marketing slogan?

By Bob Herman  |  September 24, 2015

The U.S. healthcare system is investing a lot of time, energy and money into the concept of value-based care, and a fascinating commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine hits that idea squarely in the gut.

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.

CVS 'confident' it will replace revenue lost from tobacco sales

CVS 'confident' it will replace revenue lost from tobacco sales

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 16, 2015

Dr. Troyen Brennan is executive vice president and chief medical officer at CVS Health Corp. Modern Healthcare recently talked with Brennan about CVS' decision to drop the sale of tobacco products at its stores, the growing role of retail clinics and the chain's mission to help patients manage...

Data-sharing provisions of SGR fix will aid quality efforts

Data-sharing provisions of SGR fix will aid quality efforts

By Dr. John Toussaint  |  May 02, 2015

With President Barack Obama's recent signing of legislation repealing the sustainable growth-rate formula for physician compensation and revising the Medicare qualified entity program, doctors will be paying more attention than ever to value.

More docs get incentive pay, but many opt to take penalties

By Darius Tahir  |  April 25, 2015

WASHINGTON—The CMS paid out more than $380 million in incentive payments through its Physician Quality Reporting System and electronic-prescribing incentive programs, but more than 400,000 providers chose to accept pay cuts rather than participate in the quality reporting system.

Schwartz to head lobbying group for Medicare Advantage

Schwartz to head lobbying group for Medicare Advantage

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

Former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, 66, will be CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, a Washington-based lobbying organization that advocates for the private Medicare Advantage industry.

Party on SGR's grave may end in hangover

Party on SGR's grave may end in hangover

By Paul Demko  |  April 15, 2015

The healthcare industry is celebrating the demise of Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula for paying physicians. At least a few skeptics are already questioning the new framework, which is intended to push doctors to embrace value-based pay.

'Doc fix' headed to president's desk after easily clearing Senate

'Doc fix' headed to president's desk after easily clearing Senate

By Paul Demko  |  April 14, 2015

The perennial doc fix debate is nearly history. The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to permanently repeal Medicare's despised sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors, ending more than a decade of legislative gridlock on the issue.

An unwarranted role for physician specialty boards

An unwarranted role for physician specialty boards

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 11, 2015

The Medicare SGR replacement bill that most likely will pass Congress this week makes sweeping changes to Medicare's programs for rewarding or penalizing physicians on quality, cost and their adoption of EHRs. It also gives medical specialty boards an unwarranted role in how those rewards or...

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