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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.

Blog: Medicare doc fix bill would expand access to Medicare claims data

By Paul Demko  |  April 13, 2015

Transparency advocates are hailing a little-noticed provision in the pending Medicare physician-payment bill that would widen the availability of Medicare claims data to insurers and providers for purposes such as designing provider networks and improving quality of care.

'Doc fix' still on track despite two weeks to lose steam

By Paul Demko  |  April 09, 2015

No serious threats to the deal have emerged since the Senate left town without taking action on legislation to permanently repeal Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors.

Florida Senate and House square off on Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 04, 2015

Florida is headed for a legislative showdown over Medicaid expansion. Republicans in the Florida House on Thursday passed a budget that does not include expanded coverage a day after the GOP-led Senate unanimously passed a budget calling for expansion.

SGR bill includes $800 million for home-visitation program

By Paul Demko  |  April 02, 2015

A little-noted provision of the legislative package repealing Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors extends a grant program to pay for in-home visitations for at-risk families with newborns.

Arizona governor signs abortion drug notification mandate

By Associated Press  |  March 31, 2015

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Monday that requires abortion providers in Arizona to tell women they can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion and also bars women from buying any healthcare plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.

SGR fix bill also streamlines quality reporting

By Darius Tahir  |  March 28, 2015

The long-awaited sustainable growth-rate fix that passed the House last Thursday and will go to the Senate in mid-April will likely, in addition to instituting a permanent fix for the SGR, simplify quality reporting requirements for providers.

FDA worries 21st Century Cures Act may compromise safety

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 28, 2015

Outgoing Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, in what was likely her final public address as commissioner last Friday, raised serious concerns about possible patient harm that could occur as the result of the 21st Century Cures Act now circulating on Capitol Hill.

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