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Medical Economics: UnitedHealth drops more physicians from its Medicare Advantage Network

From Medical Economics Publish date: JUN 17, 2014 By: Rachael Zimlich A new wave of physicians are being cut from UnitedHealth Group’s Medicare Advantage network, continuing a trend that started last year and has reportedly already shaved more than 30,000 physicians from the same network. UnitedHealth started notifying physicians who are being terminated from the […]

Physicians leading the way on ACOs, but challenges remain, national survey finds (Medical Economics)

By: Chris Mazzolini Physicians have taken an active leadership role in the nation’s accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to the first-ever national survey of ACOs. The survey results, published in the June 2014 issue of Health Affairs, found that 51% of ACOs are physician-led and another 33% are operated jointly by physicians and hospitals. More […]

New report highlights health disparities of St. Louis-area African-Americans

Scholars from Washington University and Saint Louis University have released a new report, “For the Sake of All,” on health disparities of African-Americans in the St. Louis area. The report discusses how this unequal distribution of health in the St. Louis region is related to what are called social determinants of health — factors like education, income, the quality […]

Doctors Think The Other Guy Often Prescribes Unnecessary Care (NPR News)

Three out of four physicians believe that fellow doctors prescribe an unnecessary test or procedure at least once a week, a survey released Thursday (May 1, 2014) finds. The most frequent reasons that physicians order extraneous — and costly —medical care are fears of being sued, impulses to be extra careful and desires to reassure themselves […]

Nation reaches “turning point” in addressing Rx abuse crisis (AMA Wire)

(AMA Wire) Posted at 4/28/2014 2:45 PM CDT A remarkable development in the effort to solve the country’s prescription drug abuse crisis was evident at a national summit of governmental and public health leaders held in Atlanta. Federal officials, state attorneys general and the AMA all agreed on a needed change in focus to treatment […]

FDA to regulate e-cigarettes (AMA Wire)

(AMA Wire) Posted at 4/24/2014 5:25 PM CDT The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday released a proposed rule that would give the agency authority to regulate alternative tobacco products that are growing in popularity. Such currently unregulated products as e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, hookah and dissolvables would be brought under the […]

MOC online petition draws 10,000 physician signatures (Medical Economics)

(Medical Economics) More than 10,000 physicians have signed an online petition demanding that the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) repeal recent changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process that petitioners say could cost physicians more time and money. The petition was started March 10 by Paul Teirstein, MD, chief of cardiology and director […]

Congress passes SGR Patch and delays ICD-10 implementation

On March 31, the U.S. Senate approved a one-year patch to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, just hours before physicians would have experienced a 24% cut to Medicare payments. The bill as passed also includes a one-year delay of the implementation of the ICD-10 coding system until October 1, 2015. The bill was passed by […]

What Do Physicians Earn in 2016?

Medscape has released their 2016 Physician Compensation Report. The study includes data from nearly 19,200 physicians across the United States in over 26 different specialties. Have the after-effects of healthcare reform caused physicians to earn more or less money this year? Who earns more – employed physicians or self-employed physicians? How do specialties compare? To […]

Proposed Medicare Part D Drug Limits Withdrawan

The Obama administration announced March 10 that it would scrap much of a proposed plan to limit the types of antidepressants and other drugs that seniors and the disabled can get through Medicare. In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed broad changes to the Medicare Part D pr1escription-drug program that covers medicines […]

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