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Medicare Part D data show big spending on brand names

By Bob Herman  |  May 02, 2015

Medicare shelled out more than $103 billion on prescription drugs in 2013, raising questions about why the government pays so much for brand-name pharmaceuticals and how physicians prescribe drugs for their patients.

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

By Paul Demko  |  April 25, 2015

There are signs of a partisan thaw in Congress that is allowing movement on healthcare legislation in the wake of the recent Medicare physician-payment overhaul. And a sharp uptick in lobbying spending by major healthcare industry groups suggests stakeholders see at least a temporary break in the...

100 medical societies warn about possible ICD-10 problems

By Joseph Conn  |  March 04, 2015

The American Medical Association and 99 other state medical, medical specialty and professional associations are asking CMS acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt to have the agency do a better job developing transition plans for the Oct. 1 conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural codes.

Hospital closures pose threat to public health, and other letters

Hospital closures pose threat to public health, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Regarding the Feb. 23 cover story “Hospitals face closures as 'a new day in healthcare' dawns,” it's a great article. Unfortunately, these closures will eventually place the basic ability to care for our citizens at risk, especially in rapid response to superbugs, Ebola/SARS, natural...

Ruling warns states to boost health board supervision

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 28, 2015

State professional regulatory boards may seek more state supervision or change their membership makeup because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week involving a North Carolina dental board accused of illegally suppressing competition.

Data Points for March 2, 2015

Data Points for March 2, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Data Points for the week of March 2, 2015, covered the following topics: Medicaid, Medicare, heart attack care and ICD-10 implementation

Eased ACO rules aren't enough to lure more takers, healthcare groups say

By Melanie Evans  |  February 08, 2015

Some of the nation's most prominent healthcare groups are telling the Obama administration that its proposals to soften the financial risk involved in Medicare accountable care contracts won't be enough to make sure U.S. hospitals and doctors keep signing up.

Experts doubt Anthem breach will boost security spending

Experts doubt Anthem breach will boost security spending

By Joseph Conn  |  February 07, 2015

Eighty million Americans had sensitive data stolen in the recent data breach at health insurer Anthem. But that may not be enough to convince healthcare organizations to step up investment in IT security.

AMA partners with incubator to build better health IT systems

By Joseph Conn  |  February 06, 2015

The American Medical Association, a sharp critic of federal efforts to promote electronic health records, is taking its own path to stimulate health IT improvements and partnering with an incubator “to drive innovation,” according to an AMA statement this week.

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