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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.

Municipal IDs help prevent medical mishaps, provide access to care

Municipal IDs help prevent medical mishaps, provide access to care

By Adam Rubenfire  |  September 26, 2015

A Texas health system is under fire for calling the police on an undocumented immigrant who presented a fake ID along with a valid insurance card. The episode highlights challenges faced by providers who treat patients living in the U.S. without authorization.

EHR costs squeeze independent doc practices

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  September 24, 2015

Independent practices acquired by hospitals are seeing operating costs spike as they try to keep up with the federal electronic health-record requirements, according to a report released Thursday by the Medical Group Management Association.

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.

Doc pay resumes upward march after prior year's slowdown

Doc pay resumes upward march after prior year's slowdown

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 18, 2015

Twenty physician specialties received a pay hike in 2014, while only three specialties saw their average pay decline from 2013 to 2014, according to Modern Healthcare's 22nd annual Physician Compensation Survey. The largest pay increase last year was in urology.

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.

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