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Commentary: Value public health equally to police, clean water

Commentary: Value public health equally to police, clean water

By Dr. Ram Raju  |  July 23, 2016

Despite policy and technological innovation occurring nationwide, “Healthcare Nirvana”—better outcomes, cost effectiveness and health equity—remains unrealized. It is time to invest in a better healthcare future for all.

Physician Personals: Specialty group seeks primary-care practice

By Howard Wolinsky  |  July 23, 2016

The single life may prove troublesome for specialty group practices under MACRA. David Fitzgerald, CEO of Proliance Surgeons in suburban Seattle, said specialty practices are in the dark about their fate under the new physician reimbursement system.

Medicare panel votes against coverage for leg vein treatments

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 21, 2016

A panel that advises the CMS on Medicare coverage decisions says it has little to no confidence there is adequate data that current treatments for patients with diseased leg veins improve health outcomes.

Hospitals have been preparing to comply with anti-discrimination rule

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 18, 2016

U.S. healthcare providers and insurers that accept federal funding are now required by an HHS rule to adhere to new protocols when dealing with transgender patients. Hospitals in Boston, New York and San Francisco say their local anti-discrimination laws have made it easy to follow the new rule.

Potential MACRA byproduct: physician consolidation

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 30, 2016

Doctor consolidation could become another consequence of physician and clinician reimbursement changes portended by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, a reimbursement expert told a healthcare finance conference this week.

Home healthcare industry braces for another Medicare cut

Home healthcare industry braces for another Medicare cut

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 28, 2016

A proposed $180 million drop in Medicare reimbursement may not be a surprise to home healthcare agencies—but that doesn't necessarily make it any easier to digest, industry leaders say.

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