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MGMA survey shows doc IT costs up 42% since 2009

By Joseph Conn  |  August 10, 2016

The cost of health information technology for the nation's office-based physician practices is rising just as a huge pot of federal funds to offset those costs is running dry.

Apps for Rx sticker shock

Apps for Rx sticker shock

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 30, 2016

A number of insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and technology companies are developing smartphone and computer apps to provide accurate drug-pricing information for patients and physicians.

Competition for new docs pushing pay higher

Competition for new docs pushing pay higher

By Joseph Conn  |  July 16, 2016

With a median annual compensation of $555,000, orthopedic surgeons topped the highest-paid list this year among the 23 medical specialties in Modern Healthcare's 23rd annual Physician Compensation Survey.

Physicians seek employed status to weather payment risks

Physicians seek employed status to weather payment risks

By Dave Barkholz  |  July 09, 2016

Dr. Theodore Strange and his 60 physician colleagues at the University Physicians Group in New York City will soon be hospital-employed again. Across the country, physician groups are going through the same deliberate exercises that led Strange and partners to cast their lot with a bigger system.

Medicare's new quality program targets measurement fatigue

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 30, 2016

The CMS is preparing to cull the number of quality metrics that physicians have to report as it rolls three quality-incentive programs into what Congress conceived as a more harmonized framework.

How Medicare's new payment overhaul tries to change how docs use tech

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 30, 2016

Medicare's new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime the government has used for the past five years to judge whether providers deserved to be rewarded for using electronic health records.

How Medicare's payment overhaul tries to change how docs use tech

How Medicare's payment overhaul tries to change how docs use tech

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 29, 2016

Medicare's new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime for measuring EHR use. The CMS promises a more flexible approach that focuses on making relevant information accessible to clinicians and patients.

CMS unveils Primary Care Plus

CMS unveils Primary Care Plus

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 16, 2016

With less than a year to go in the Obama administration's public-private push for better care management among primary-care providers, the CMS has rolled out a souped-up care-delivery model.

Quality reporting's toll on doc practices costs time, money

Quality reporting's toll on doc practices costs time, money

By Sabriya Rice  |  March 12, 2016

Indiana University Health is in the midst of a multiyear effort to streamline the quality measures that front-line providers are expected to track. The information is intended to help monitor and improve the quality of healthcare, but collecting it also saps resources.

CMS' 'doc fix' may need some repairs itself

CMS' 'doc fix' may need some repairs itself

By Shannon Muchmore  |  November 21, 2015

Hospital and physician groups, facing a looming deadline on major changes to reimbursement, say the CMS needs better measures and reporting methods before it ties physician pay to quality and outcomes.

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