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What to know about Medicare’s big bundled-payment expansion

What to know about Medicare’s big bundled-payment expansion

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 25, 2016

A new mandatory program would make hospitals in 98 markets financially accountable for the cost and quality of all care associated with bypass surgery and heart attacks. It would also add new procedures to the hip and knee pilot launched this year.

What will happen with healthcare policy under President Trump ... or ... Clinton?

What will happen with healthcare policy under President Trump ... or ... Clinton?

By Harris Meyer  |  July 23, 2016

The November elections surely won't end the nonstop, eight-year political war over the shape of the U.S. healthcare system. But the ballot results likely will determine whether the changes driven by the ACA continue in the same direction or the system returns to its previous, less-regulated form.

Calif. to get nearly $2B in uncompensated-care funds

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 23, 2016

For the next four years, California's public hospitals will collectively receive up to $472 million annually to cover hospital visits for the uninsured as part of a waiver meant to reform the state's Medicaid program.

Physician Personals: Specialty group seeks primary-care practice

By Howard Wolinsky  |  July 23, 2016

The single life may prove troublesome for specialty group practices under MACRA. David Fitzgerald, CEO of Proliance Surgeons in suburban Seattle, said specialty practices are in the dark about their fate under the new physician reimbursement system.

Doctors back bill to exempt CME from Open Payments reporting

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 22, 2016

Roughly 100 national and state medical societies are backing a bill that would exempt drug and device makers from have to report payments made to doctors for participating in continuing medical education or receiving textbooks, journals and educational materials related to CME.

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