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Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

By Bob Herman  |  July 25, 2015

Anthem's announced $54.2 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. last week is the latest and largest sign of health insurers' lust for scale. But at the heart of the merger momentum is their desire to expand their government business, particularly in the lucrative Medicare Advantage market.

Calif. aid-in-dying case dismissal will be appealed

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 25, 2015

In another setback for California advocates of physician aid in dying, a California Superior Court judge indicated last week he would dismiss a case challenging the state's law against the practice.

Senate panel seeks Stage 3 meaningful-use delay

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 25, 2015

A key Senate leader said his committee will push to delay implementation of the Obama administration's Stage 3 rules for meaningful use of electronic health records.

'Health insurers are refusing to pay fair market rates,' says new AMA president

'Health insurers are refusing to pay fair market rates,' says new AMA president

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 11, 2015

American Medical Association President Dr. Steven Stack discusses the AMA's position on possible changes to the ACA, its stance on electronic health record meaningful-use rules, and his views on regulating surprise out-of-network medical bills. He spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Steven Ross...

CMS gives physicians one-year leeway on ICD-10 conversion

By Joseph Conn  |  July 11, 2015

The new concessions wrung from the CMS by the American Medical Association and other critics of the mandated Oct. 1, 2015 conversion to ICD-10 are no guarantee of a smooth transition to the complex coding system.

'Health insurers are refusing to pay fair market rates'

'Health insurers are refusing to pay fair market rates'

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 11, 2015

American Medical Association President Dr. Steven Stack discusses the AMA's position on possible changes to the ACA, its stance on electronic health record meaningful-use rules, and his views on regulating surprise out-of-network medical bills.

AMA tables telemedicine guidelines amid pressure

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 09, 2015

Ethical guidelines proposed by the AMA were tabled Monday, a day after a delegate urged the committee to consider rules established by the Texas Medical Board that require patients to have an initial face-to-face consultation.

AMA faces pressure to reject non-medical vaccination exemptions

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 08, 2015

Some physician leaders are pushing the American Medical Association to take a firmer stance on regulating non-medical vaccination exemptions, saying a new report appears to backtrack on policy meant to contain diseases that had been controlled or eliminated.

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