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.
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.
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.
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.
Federally qualified health centers that serve mostly poor and low-income families in distressed or rural communities have always had a tough time recruiting physicians. And now, it's getting even harder.
The chief advocate for America's medical group administrators says the Obama administration's plans to overhaul Part B drug payments will devastate smaller specialty practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.