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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.

Quality reporting's toll on physician practices in time and money

Quality reporting's toll on physician practices in time and money

By Sabriya Rice  |  March 07, 2016

Researchers teamed up with the Medical Group Management Association to put a price on the time providers spend to enter the data into the electronic health record, keep track of newly introduced measures and create protocols to track and report them.

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.

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.

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