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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...

Partners HealthCare to close LTAC hospital in Massachusetts

Partners HealthCare to close LTAC hospital in Massachusetts

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 09, 2015

The Boston-based system will end inpatient operations at Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care North Shore later this year because its leaders concluded it won't be able to survive under new CMS admitting criteria.

Their own private Idaho

Their own private Idaho

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 04, 2015

Idaho, famous for its pine forests, crystalline lakes and baking potatoes, has a scant 1.6 million people spread over its 82,643 square miles. Yet it has seized center stage in setting national healthcare economic policy.

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.

The high price of precision medicine

The high price of precision medicine

By By  |  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.

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