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CMS Rule on Part B Drugs Could Lead to Steep Payment Cuts for Some Specialists

CMS Rule on Part B Drugs Could Lead to Steep Payment Cuts for Some Specialists

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule that could result in steep payment reductions for physicians of certain specialties in 2018.

New Legislation Needed to Entice Interest of Insurers to Enter the ACA Marketplace

New Legislation Needed to Entice Interest of Insurers to Enter the ACA Marketplace

Implementing new policies that will persuade insurers to enter the Affordable Care Act marketplace will improve equity and affordability.

Diagnostic Coding Practices Encourage Better Documentation Without Improving Quality of Care

Diagnostic Coding Practices Encourage Better Documentation Without Improving Quality of Care

Medical diagnoses listed in claims have become increasingly important as risk-based payment systems have begun to use these codes to adjust payments made to health plans and providers.

Should You Hire a Practice Manager for Your Office?

Should You Hire a Practice Manager for Your Office?

Hiring a manager to assist with handling the responsibilities of running a medical practice can be beneficial, but there are a few factors to consider before deciding to do so.

Gifts From Pharmaceutical Companies Influence Prescribing Habits Across Multiple Specialties

Gifts From Pharmaceutical Companies Influence Prescribing Habits Across Multiple Specialties

According to a new study, receipt of gifts from pharmaceutical companies is associated with more prescriptions per patient and more costly prescriptions.

Experts Weigh in on ACP Position Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Experts Weigh in on ACP Position Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Authors of recent position papers provide their opinion on the legalization of physician assisted suicide.

Medical Tourism Requires Standardized Definition to Assess Full Impact

Medical Tourism Requires Standardized Definition to Assess Full Impact

The 2016 Global Healthcare Policy and Management Forum discussed the regulation of medical tourism and the gaps that exist in available data.

Clear Communication Essential When Apologizing for Medical Errors

Clear Communication Essential When Apologizing for Medical Errors

Investigators noticed distinct themes and characteristics that appear to underlie all medical error apologies.

Female HCPs, Longer Consultations Associated With Higher Empathy Scores

Female HCPs, Longer Consultations Associated With Higher Empathy Scores

Higher empathy ratings were observed in studies that had more female than male practitioners.

The End of DACA: What This Means for Dreamer Physicians Across America

The End of DACA: What This Means for Dreamer Physicians Across America

Following the end of the DACA program, questions linger among undocumented medical residents and students now facing possible deportation.

Ethical Conflicts Between Patient and Physician Are Common in Futility Care

Ethical Conflicts Between Patient and Physician Are Common in Futility Care

Some physicians "may invoke futility to unilaterally withhold treatment when the treatments 'prolong the dying process'" at the bedside.

Thinking About Buying a Practice? Here's What You Need to Know

Thinking About Buying a Practice? Here's What You Need to Know

Physicians must remember that they will be a business owner in addition to being a health care provider.

A Closer Look at Addressing HIPAA Security Risks

A Closer Look at Addressing HIPAA Security Risks

Health care providers do not necessarily have to meet every HIPAA standard.

Changing Healthcare Dynamics Calls for New Practice Options

Changing Healthcare Dynamics Calls for New Practice Options

Partnering with an organization is a practice option that may provide many multifaceted benefits.

Evaluating Practice Options in Today's Healthcare Environment

Evaluating Practice Options in Today's Healthcare Environment

Thriving in this new healthcare environment demands both significant capital investment and the ability to navigate increasingly complex reporting requirements and financial arrangements.

How Often Do Hospitalized Patients Perceive Breakdowns in Care?

How Often Do Hospitalized Patients Perceive Breakdowns in Care?

Hospitalized patients frequently reported breakdowns in care.

More Clarity Needed on Recordings of Medical Encounters, Policy Experts Say

More Clarity Needed on Recordings of Medical Encounters, Policy Experts Say

The law is inconsistent, with patient encounter recordings being allowed in certain situations and illegal in others.

The Five Things Every Physician Needs to Know About MACRA

The Five Things Every Physician Needs to Know About MACRA

Five potentially pivotal issues physicians should understand about MACRA.

Boost Your Income by Negotiating Payer Contracts

Boost Your Income by Negotiating Payer Contracts

Familiarity with current contracts and knowing how to negotiate better ones can be crucial to boosting your income.

Growing Your Physician Practice by Managing Referrals and Payers

Growing Your Physician Practice by Managing Referrals and Payers

Tracking and nurturing your referral resources, reaching out to referring physicians, and referring patients covered by a broad spectrum of payers are just a few of the ways you can grow your practice.

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