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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Female Docs Get Smaller Chunk of Medicare Money

From Medpage Today

Female physicians made about half as much from Medicare as male doctors did in 2012, according to an analysis of newly released Medicare pay data, and researchers can't explain exactly why. A breakdown by NerdWallet Heal... Read full article

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ACOs Challenged by Unrestricted Patient Choice, Study Shows

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Medicare accountable care organizations (ACO) may have difficulty controlling costs and managing patient care because most beneficiaries have unrestricted choice of healthcare providers and can go outside their ACOs for ... Read full article

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMA: Docs Add $1.6 Trillion to Economy

From Medpage Today

U.S. physicians produced $1.6 trillion in direct and indirect economic activity in 2012 and supported an average of more than 13 jobs apiece, according to an economic impact analysis released Wednesday by the American Me... Read full article

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Which States Are Going ACO for Medicaid

From Medpage Today

States have few immediate options for trying to cut spending in their Medicaid programs -- and none are very pleasant. They can trim provider payments, limit eligibility, or cut covered services. However, a number of sta... Read full article

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ophthalmologists Among Highest Paid by Medicare According to Physician Paym...

From Eyewiretoday.com

An analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shows that a small group of ophthalmologists are among the highest reimbursed by Medicare.  The government release... Read full article

Friday, April 11, 2014

HHS Secretary Sebelius Resigns

From Medpage Today

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was held responsible for the troubled rollout of the federal government's healthcare.gov website, is resigning. "From her work on Head Start, to expanding mental... Read full article

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Specialty Groups Cautious on Medicare Pay Data

From Medpage Today

Whereas most physicians and some medical organizations have responded negatively to public release of providers' Medicare reimbursement data, several professional societies sided cautiously in favor of transparency. "We ... Read full article

Thursday, April 10, 2014

'None of Your Business': Docs React to Medicare Data Release

From Medpage Today

Many, if not most physicians are unhappy with the government's release of Medicare payment data for all physicians who billed the system in 2012, if comments submitted to MedPage Today are any indication.In the words of ... Read full article

Monday, April 07, 2014

CMS to Soon Reveal How Much Medicare Pays Individual Doctors

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Over the longstanding objections of leading medical groups, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin disclosing as soon as April 9 how much Medicare pays individual physicians and other healthc... Read full article

Friday, April 04, 2014

Six Possible Uses of Medicare Doc Pay Info

From Medpage Today

The Medicare program will begin releasing to the general public information on what it pays individual doctors as soon as next week, federal health officials said Wednesday. The data will provide for the first time more ... Read full article

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Date of ICD-10 Switch Still Uncertain

From Medpage Today

Congress's move to delay by at least a year the switch to ICD-10 has thrown a monkey wrench into the many providers' plans for moving to the new coding system. For starters, the legislation passed in the Senate Monday an... Read full article

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Congress Votes to Delay SGR Payment Formula, ICD-10 Codes by a Year

From Eyewiretoday.com

Congress has voted to delay scheduled cuts in physician payments under Medicare and move the switch to ICD-10 billing codes to October 2015. Both the House of Representatives and Senate passed legislation (H.R. 4302, the... Read full article

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

American Academy of Ophthalmology Issues Statement of Opposition to Congres...

From American Academy of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmologists are voicing their anger with Congress recent passage of H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, legislation that only temporarily halts the impending 24% cut to Medicare physician pay u... Read full article

Friday, March 28, 2014

ACA Enrollment Hits 6 Million

From Medpage Today

More than 6 million people have signed up for private health plans under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration said Thursday. But health insurers are still waiting to see if the check is in the mail. The Depa... Read full article

Thursday, March 27, 2014

House Delays SGR Cuts, ICD-10 for a Year

From Medpage Today

The House of Representatives acted Thursday to delay for a year problems physicians were facing with two three-letter acronyms: ICD and SGR. Lawmakers voted to delay the switch to the ICD-10 coding system until Oct. 1, 2... Read full article

Monday, March 24, 2014

Senators Seek Medical Mobile App Clarification From FDA

From Medscape Ophthalmology

A bipartisan group of 6 US senators sought further clarification from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about its policies on the regulation of medical mobile applications. In a bipartisan March 18 letter to the ... Read full article

Friday, March 21, 2014

Repealing SGR Will Cost $180 Billion, CBO Estimates

From Medscape Ophthalmology

It will cost more than $180 billion over the next 10 years to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) and extend certain Medicare programs under a bill the Senate is expected to vote on next week, according to th... Read full article

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ACA Networks to Include More Docs in 2015

From Medpage Today

The Obama administration is seeking to broaden the provider networks offered under the health plans sold in the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges. Starting in 2015, health plans' provider networks must contain at... Read full article

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending Still a Mystery

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Like Spanish conquistadores in the New World searching for a mythical city of gold, healthcare academics have explored another landscape with a fortune in mind: the reason there are wide geographic differences in Medicar... Read full article

Monday, March 10, 2014

Law Would Grant 'Safe Harbor' to Docs Who Follow Guidelines

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Physicians who are Medicare and Medicaid providers would be granted increased liability protection if they can demonstrate that they followed established clinical guidelines, according to a bill introduced in Congress th... Read full article

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