Industry leaders say the proposed version of the patient relationship codes, which were mandated by the MACRA law, would be a burden and wouldn't accomplish the goal of effectively measuring resource use, a major performance category under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.
Membership in UPMC's health insurance division grew 8% in the past year, according to financial documents released Friday, giving UPMC a bigger foothold as it tries to operate peacefully with its rival Highmark Health.
Major medical societies are urging the CMS to continue to allow a decades-old panel that hears appeals from providers who have been underpaid. The CMS, however, largely ignores its recommendations.
Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare will partner with Stratus Healthcare, an affiliation of 21 hospitals around Georgia, to develop a clinically integrated network and strengthen access to specialty care.
TeamHealth has purchased an emergency physicians group in La Mesa, Calif. TeamHealth and other physician staffing companies have shown an insatiable appetite to buy medical groups, although patient billing concerns linger.
Practice Greenhealth has made yet another move into supply chain with the expected launch of a tool that helps hospitals forecast the total cost of using and maintaining a product, beyond just the purchase price.
There still is no connection between the price of new drugs and the cost of discovering and developing them, even though the pharmaceutical industry has argued for years that such a link was the primary justification for high prices.