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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Appeals Courts Rule Opposite Ways on ACA Subsidies

From Medpage Today

Opposing rulings by two federal appeals courts Tuesday on the legality of subsidies for people purchasing insurance through the Affordable Care Act's federally run exchanges are almost certainly going to send the issue u... Read full article

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In Blow to Health Law, Appeals Court Limits Subsidies

From The New York Times

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government could not subsidize premiums for people in three dozen states that use the federal insurance exchange, a ruling that could upend President Obamas health care law.... Read full article

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Quality Measures Proposed for Medicare ACO Program

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) that participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) will face a new set of quality measures in 2015 under the proposed Medicare Part B payment rules of the Centers for Med... Read full article

Friday, July 11, 2014

Quality Still Accounts for Minor Slice of Physician Pay

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Reward quality instead of quantity that's the new focus in physician compensation that healthcare industry experts call a paradigm shift. Judging by survey data released last week by the Medical Group Management Associa... Read full article

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Medicare Proposes Dollar Figure for New Chronic-Care Code

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Medicare would begin to pay physicians $41.92 a month next year for managing a patient with two or more chronic diseases outside of face-to-face office visits, according to a proposed physician fee schedule for 2015 rele... Read full article

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Delay Hardship Deadline for EHR Meaningful Use, Doctors Say

From Medscape Ophthalmology

The federal government recently has given physicians several big breaks in keeping up with tougher requirements in its incentive program for using electronic health records (EHRs) in a meaningful way. Now organized medic... Read full article

Monday, June 30, 2014

Medical Group Slams Insurers' Use of 'Virtual Credit Cards'

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Some health plans and claims clearinghouses are improperly using "virtual" credit cards to pay physician practices or are charging excessive fees for electronic funds transfer (EFT), the Medical Group Management Associat... Read full article

Friday, June 27, 2014

U.S. Health Spending Tracks Global Trend

From Medpage Today

Other industrialized countries have been experiencing the same variations in health spending growth over the past 30 years as the U.S., a new analysis found, suggesting that the factors driving these ups and downs are no... Read full article

Friday, June 27, 2014

Shortage of Saline Solution Has Hospitals on Edge

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Hospitals across the country are struggling to deal with a shortage of one of their essential medical supplies. Manufacturers are rationing saline -- a product used all over the hospital to clean wounds, mix medications ... Read full article

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Outpatient Departments More Costly Than Doc Offices

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Do hospitals hire physicians for the noble-sounding goal of "partnering" or "aligning," or is it sometimes the prospect of an easy buck? A new study from the National Institute for Health Care Reform (NIHCR) suggests tha... Read full article

Monday, June 23, 2014

"Eyes on Capitol Hill" Brings Vision Care Issues to U.S. Congressional Memb...

From VisionMonday

Prevent Blindness held its 9th annual Eyes on Capitol Hill event here on June 19, bringing concerned citizens to meet with U.S. congressional and senate members and their staff to discuss vision care issues and share per... Read full article

Friday, June 20, 2014

HHS Details 2014 Marketplace Premiums

From Medpage Today

Federal officials on Wednesday released new data about who enrolled in the federal health marketplace plans for 2014, how much the law's subsidies helped offset the cost, and how many plans people from could choose from,... Read full article

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Uninsured: 33 Million and Counting

From Medpage Today

In the last full year before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, more than 33 million Americans had been without health insurance for more than a year, according to CDC survey. And nearly 45 million were without in... Read full article

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Is There an Rx for High Drug Prices?

From Medpage Today

In the U.S., rising prescription drug prices are the law -- at least that's the way it looks to Leonard Saltz, MD, chief of gastrointestinal oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. "We have s... Read full article

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How Doctor is Paid Can Affect Diabetes Care

From Medical News Today

From 2006 to 2008, nearly 75 per cent of Ontarians with diabetes did not receive all of the tests recommended to properly monitor their disease. How their doctor was paid was one of the factors determining the care they ... Read full article

Monday, June 16, 2014

MedPAC Wants Congress to Extend Bonus Pay to Primary Care

From Medscape Ophthalmology

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) wants Congress to continue bonus payments to primary care physicians, now set to expire in 2015. In its "Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery Sys... Read full article

Monday, June 09, 2014

AAO's IRIS Registry Recognized by CMS as an Approved Vehicle for Enhanced F...

From American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) announced that its IRIS Registry has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as an approved vehicle for enhanced federal quality reporting, according ... Read full article

Monday, June 09, 2014

Telemedicine Detects Eye Problems, but Doctors Must Prepare for More Patien...

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Setting up a telemedicine screening option for patients in primary care clinics can catch potential eye problems early on. But programs are likely to send more patients to eye doctors, who need to be prepared for the inf... Read full article

Friday, June 06, 2014

Office-Visit Coding Is Now Public Info

From Medscape Ophthalmology

The federal government's landmark release of Medicare payment data for individual physicians in April has gone beyond dollar amounts. Now an online tool called Treatment Tracker lets Medicare patients analyze how their p... Read full article

Friday, May 30, 2014

Medicare Overpays Billions for Office Visits, Patient Evaluations

From Medpage Today

Medicare spent $6.7 billion too much for office visits and other patient evaluations in 2010, according to a new report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But in its reply to ... Read full article

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