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.
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.
Practice Makes Perfect: Despite new ICD-10 flexibility from CMS, medical practices must still protect cash flow
As the Oct. 1 ICD-10 compliance date draws closer, physician practices are becoming increasingly concerned about the readiness of their internal processes and external trading partners. Despite the CMS' recent policy modification, developing appropriate contingencies will continue to be important...
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.
Legislation proposed in the House would permit providers to code in either ICD-9 or ICD-10 for half a year after the ICD-10 implementation deadline, now set for Oct. 1.
The recent concessions wrung from the CMS by the American Medical Association and other ICD-10 protesters are no panacea for a smooth transition to the voluminous and complex codes.
While offering physicians bonuses for hitting quality benchmarks is popular, the incentive programs may not be worth the money. Linking financial rewards to cost-effective management of patient care or reducing adverse outcomes has not produced the desired results, recent studies show.
Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association, discusses legislation repealing the sustainable growth-rate formula for physician payment, physician group readiness for ICD-10, and the effect of mergers and acquisitions among medical practices.
In June 2014, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we'll tackle No. 12 on that list: Engaging patients to improve outcomes.
A government report released last week slammed providers and health information technology vendors for a pattern of business practices that are effectively blocking the easy transfer of electronic health records.
The long-awaited sustainable growth-rate fix that passed the House last Thursday and will go to the Senate in mid-April will likely, in addition to instituting a permanent fix for the SGR, simplify quality reporting requirements for providers.
Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright will be the new president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association effective March 23, the association announced last Friday.