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Letters: Treat doctors like valued pros, or burnout will be rampant

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 05, 2016

Regarding the article “When physicians burn out, solutions are elusive,” as long as physicians are seen purely as the economic engines of healthcare, as “producers,” where value and worth is equated purely to production and productivity, burnout will be rampant.

Hospitals' struggles show in Q3 earnings

By Dave Barkholz  |  October 29, 2016

Hospitals over the past year have seen rising labor costs, pressures to invest to prepare for value-based reimbursement and a flattening of volumes from the Affordable Care Act exchanges. As third-quarter earnings season hits full stride this week, early results have been decidedly mixed.

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

By Shannon Muchmore , Shelby Livingston and Virgil Dickson  |  October 15, 2016

Nearly a third of physicians could be exempt from Medicare's new Merit-based Incentive Payment System under a final CMS rule for implementing MACRA. The CMS will also broaden the opportunities for physicians to join alternative models that carry bigger rate increases and bonuses.

HHS inspector general calls for unique IDs on claims forms

HHS inspector general calls for unique IDs on claims forms

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 04, 2016

In a letter, HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson said the CMS should collaborate with Accredited Standards Committee X12 to include UDIs for implantable medical devices on insurance claims forms to help identify and reduce Medicare costs related to recalled or defective devices.

Why the CMS wants surgeons to code every 10 minutes

Why the CMS wants surgeons to code every 10 minutes

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  October 01, 2016

The comments flooded in after the CMS proposed in July that surgeons collect data on every 10 minutes of perioperative activity. The American Medical Association branded the suggested requirement as an “undue burden.”

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