Date: Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 18:00
WASHINGTON -- Value-based payments accounted for 10.9% of all commercial, in-network payments to physicians and hospitals in 2012, up from an estimated 1% to 3% in 2010, a national survey found.
Date: Saturday, 23 Mar 2013 16:00
WASHINGTON -- Policymakers and lawmakers alike took note of the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act this week -- either criticizing or celebrating President Obama's signature health reform law.
Date: Friday, 22 Mar 2013 22:41
WASHINGTON -- Not every state will opt to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, but some are looking for ways to get extra federal dollars for residents who might otherwise be Medicaid eligible.
Date: Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 22:16
WASHINGTON -- Most physicians have a pessimistic outlook on the future of medicine, citing eroding autonomy and falling income, a survey of more than 600 doctors found.
Date: Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013 21:25
Bigger steps should be taken to make physicians more aware of the inefficiencies that cause billions in lost healthcare dollars every year, according to Medicare officials.
Date: Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013 19:30
BOSTON -- Despite all the work in the last decade to improve patient safety and raise awareness of preventable medical errors, physicians by and large have been slow to support the movement, a leader in patient safety said.
Date: Monday, 18 Mar 2013 21:23
WASHINGTON -- The Affordable Care Act goes a long way to protect gays and lesbians against discrimination, but much of the law's impact on them -- as well as on anyone living with HIV -- remains to be seen, advocates here said Monday.
Date: Monday, 18 Mar 2013 15:53
BOSTON -- Seven years after Massachusetts' landmark law passed to insure nearly all of its states 6.6 million residents, the health insurance industry continues to struggle with holding down costs.
Date: Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 18:00
Self-insurance is becoming popular with small employers, but it could be a threat to the Affordable Care Act, since self-insured companies are exempt from many of the health law's requirements.
Date: Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 17:00
BOSTON -- Practicing physicians will have to be the drivers of true healthcare reform, not outside forces or leadership, according to the former Medicare chief.
Date: Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 16:00
WASHINGTON -- Two former heads of Medicare spelled out how they would change the program they once helped run to save money in a wide-ranging week here.
Date: Friday, 15 Mar 2013 22:38
WASHINGTON -- Repealing and replacing the sustainable growth rate formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare will not by itself be enough to fix the Medicare payment system, according to a former Medicare chief.
Date: Friday, 15 Mar 2013 17:00
BOSTON -- Physicians who push hard to meet popular quality standards may be going against their patients' wishes regarding certain medical treatments, two physician advocates said here.
Date: Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 00:27
WASHINGTON -- Improperly aligned incentives and motivations could undermine healthcare reform efforts by being either ineffective or leading physicians toward economics and away from patients' interest, a perspective piece stated.
Date: Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 20:36
WASHINGTON -- To slow down growth in health spending, health insurers could employ the same strategy Medicare used a decade ago to increase use of generic drugs, a former Medicare czar said.
Date: Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 18:13
WASHINGTON -- Patient-centered medical homes that revolve around specialists must work hard to adequately involve other specialists and primary care providers, one doctor warned.
Date: Saturday, 09 Mar 2013 16:00
WASHINGTON -- The FDA thumbed its nose at another indication for the popular anticoagulant rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and received negative opinions on a few other drugs in a busy week for the agency.
Date: Friday, 08 Mar 2013 18:04
WASHINGTON -- Higher-than-expected costs for the Affordable Care Act's preexisting condition risk pool are a sign that the law will cost more than first expected, according to some lawmakers and analysts.
Date: Thursday, 07 Mar 2013 13:00
Physician satisfaction and usability ratings for certified electronic health records have fallen since 2010, a survey of more than 4,200 doctors found.
Date: Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013 17:00
WASHINGTON -- Payment cuts to Medicare Advantage plans are on the horizon, but Democrats and Republicans disagree greatly on how those cuts will affect beneficiaries.
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