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Medicare overpays dedicated cancer centers, GAO finds

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 24, 2015

Certain cancer hospitals get significantly higher payments from Medicare in part because it's assumed they care for sicker populations. A federal report suggests that's not generally the case.

Potent groups take sides on bipartisan House Medicare plan

By Associated Press  |  March 21, 2015

A budding bipartisan deal to shelter physicians from Medicare cuts, championed by the House's two top leaders, is drawing powerful allies including the American Medical Association and a rainbow of conservative and liberal groups.

SGR fix will freeze doc salaries, plastic surgeons' group says

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 19, 2015

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is breaking from the pack of healthcare organizations that support a new plan to pass a permanent repeal of Medicare's sustainable growth rate, instead voicing opposition to what it calls a 10-year pay freeze in the proposal.

Doctors require help in move from fee-for-service

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 19, 2015

Physicians need support and guidance from the federal government and from payers as they deal with the challenges of transitioning away from fee-for-service, according to a report released Thursday.

Senate Dems threaten to oppose deal on Medicare doc fees

By Associated Press  |  March 15, 2015

Democratic senators would oppose a potential House bipartisan deal preventing cuts in physicians' Medicare payments if it doesn't finance a children's health program for four years, senior Senate Democratic aides said Sunday.

The high price of precision medicine

The high price of precision medicine

By Merrill Goozner  |  March 07, 2015

Financial markets have sent another signal that the coming era of precision or personalized medicine could wind up making cancer care unaffordable for millions of people.

Maryland systems team up for population health

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 28, 2015

Five Maryland-based health systems plan to form a non-ownership alliance to strengthen their performance under the state's global budget reimbursement system.

Hospitals mount campaign against site-neutral Medicare payments

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 26, 2015

Hospital leaders are working to head off any momentum in Congress toward overhauling Medicare rates to pay hospitals the same for outpatient services as the program pays for the same services in physician offices.

CMS: Boost Medicare Advantage payments 1.1%

By Bob Herman  |  February 21, 2015

The CMS has proposed increasing health insurers' Medicare Advantage payment rates by 1.05% for 2016, a move that kicks off a 45-day dogfight in Washington before the rates are cemented.

Health entrepreneurship on the rise

Health entrepreneurship on the rise

By Dr. Arlen Meyers  |  February 21, 2015

Entrepreneurship can be defined as the pursuit of opportunity with scarce resources. Biomedical and health entrepreneurs do the same thing with the goal of creating value by deploying innovation.

Medicare will pay for lung CT scans for cancer screening

Medicare will pay for lung CT scans for cancer screening

By Sabriya Rice  |  February 05, 2015

Pack-a-day smokers in the federal health program now have access to low-dose CT scans for the early detection of lung cancer even as experts continue to debate whether the benefits are worth the cost and risk of false positives.

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