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Friday, September 05, 2014

Health Spending Expected to Climb in 2014 and Beyond

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Health spending growth is expected to remain slow in 2013 but to pick up in 2014 through 2023 as a result of the combined effects of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) coverage expansions, faster economic growth, and popu... Read full article

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

CMS Publishes Final Rule for Meaningful Use Flexibility

From Fierce EMR

Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program will be extended through 2016 for certain providers and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users of electronic health records in 2011 or 2... Read full article

Friday, August 29, 2014

Health Law Spurs Focus on Faster Drug Development

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Imagine if scientists could recreate you---or at least part of you---on a chip. That might help doctors identify drugs that would help you heal faster, bypassing the sometimes painful trial-and-error process and hefty he... Read full article

Friday, August 29, 2014

CBO Projects Lower Medicare and Medicaid Costs

From Medpage Today

Reduced costs for medical services and labor have trimmed the 10-year projected cost of Medicare and Medicaid by $89 billion, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said. Medicare spending is projected to drop by $49 bill... Read full article

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Internet Brownout Exposes Risk of Cloud-Based EHRs

From Medscape Ophthalmology

The Internet cracked a bit under its own burgeoning weight last week, and as a result, internist Erik Ilyayev, MD, in Flushing, New York, could not access his cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) system for an enti... Read full article

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Physicians Losing Money by Not Using Electronic Transactions

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Physicians and other healthcare providers continue to underutilize electronic transactions that could save them billions of dollars, according to a recent reportfrom the Coalition for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)... Read full article

Thursday, August 21, 2014

VA Moves to Increase Vets' Access

From Medpage Today

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says it has started moving ahead with its efforts to improve healthcare for veterans, starting with increasing access to private-practice physicians. Even before the "Veterans Acce... Read full article

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WellPoint to Change Its Corporate Name to Anthem

From VisionMonday

Health insurance company, WellPoint Inc. announced plans last week to change its corporate name to Anthem, Inc. WellPoint serves more than 37 million people in its affiliated health plans, and nearly 67 million people th... Read full article

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Apologize-and-Pay Laws Don't Keep Docs Out of Data Bank

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Physicians who avoid the meat grinder of litigation when their insurers pay malpractice plaintiffs out of court under state "disclosure, apology and offer" (DA&O) laws still must be reported to the federal National P... Read full article

Monday, August 11, 2014

Program Falls Short for Boosting Care Quality

From Medpage Today

One of Medicare's attempts to improve medical quality by rewarding or penalizing hospitals -- did not lead to improvements in the first 9 months of the program, a study has found. The quality program, known as Hospital V... Read full article

Friday, August 08, 2014

Ain't No Sunshine in This Act

From Medpage Today

Robert Harbaugh, MD, just wanted to do the right thing. Toward the end of July, the Hershey, Pa., neurosurgeon and president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons sat down at his computer to register for t... Read full article

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Pay-for-Performance Gains Lack Staying Power

From Medpage Today

Hospitals that instituted pay-for-performance programs for certain conditions saw some short-term mortality reductions in MI, heart failure, and pneumonia, but the results were not maintained over the long term, research... Read full article

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Patients Seeking Cheaper Care Getting Online Bids From Doctors

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Francisco Velazco couldn't wait any longer. For several years, the 35-year-old Seattle handyman had searched for an orthopedic surgeon who would reconstruct the torn ligament in his knee for a price he could afford. Out ... Read full article

Monday, August 04, 2014

Top 100 Most Prescribed, Top-Selling Drugs

From Medscape Ophthalmology

There has been little change in top-prescribed and top-selling prescription drugs in the United States, according to the latest data from research firm IMS Health. Hypothyroid medication levothyroxine (Synthroid, AbbVie)... Read full article

Monday, August 04, 2014

Online Doc Reviews: Ignore Them at Your Peril

From Medpage Today

When a Yelp reviewer gave Justin Bazan, OD, at Park Slope Eye a one-star rating, Bazan felt it was only fair that he give his own view of the matter. "You might be the worst Yelper on Yelp," he wrote on the site to his f... Read full article

Friday, August 01, 2014

Bill Would Keep Medicaid Raise for Primary Care Through 2016

From Medscape Ophthalmology

On July 30, 2 senators introduced a bill that would extend a Medicaid raise for primary-care physicians another 2 years through 2016 and make more clinicians eligible for the extra money. Given that the temporary pay hik... Read full article

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Offers Testimony to US Senate Sub-Committee o...

From Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Millicent Knight, OD, Head of Professional Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. today appeared before a U.S. Senate sub-committee in Washington, DC, to provide testimony on why the company believes that the i... Read full article

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Graduate Medical Education Needs Significant Overhaul: IOM

From Medscape Ophthalmology

It is time to overhaul how graduate medical education (GME) is financed and implemented in the United States to ensure that the public's $15 billion annual investment is producing the physicians the nation needs, accordi... Read full article

Monday, July 28, 2014

Deadline to Check Industry Payments to Docs Fast Approaching

From Medscape Ophthalmology

Physicians have until August 27 to review and challenge what drug and device makers have reported giving to them by way of cash or gifts as part of the government's Open Payments program. They should brace themselves for... Read full article

Monday, July 28, 2014

Medicare Pressed to Bargain on Drug Costs

From Medpage Today

Medicare could save billions if Congress overcame its reluctance to anger the drug industry and allowed the program to demand rebates or negotiate prices, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said Wednesday. He added that's some... Read full article

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