Health Law & Policy

Facility fees pressuring physicians to talk costs with patientsThe growing national scrutiny of facility fees charged by hospitals is placing many physicians in the difficult position of factoring costs into treatment decisions, and prompting a debate on whether physicians have a responsibility to engage patients on the financial side-effects of recommended treatments.
SGR reform, Medicaid parity untouched by lawmakers in lame duck sessionMedical societies are dismayed that some of physicians’ top concerns were not addressed during Congress’ lame duck session.
Medicaid provider figures don’t reflect reality of patient careThe number of Americans eligible for Medicaid is growing, but so is the problem of finding a doctor who will treat them

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ICD-10 supporters flood Congress members with tweetsAHIMA-sponsored Twitter rally reaps more than 5,000 tweets to stop another ICD-10 delay
Ebola update: Need grows for trained providersThe Ebola outbreak in Africa still needs trained providers and health professionals to care for patients and contain the disease
Fate of Obamacare uncertainThe implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stands to alter the U.S. healthcare system and the role of private insurance.

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Another ICD-10 delay could be loomingThe AMA, along with many regional medical societies, is urging Congress to include another ICD-10 implementation delay to a stalled appropriations bill during the current lame duck session.
Elderly still lag in many healthcare metricsA new study compares the health and access to care of America's senior citizens with those of other industrialized nations
Letter: ACA not reducing numbers of uninsuredA reader says more, not fewer, of his patients are uninsured since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Will Medicaid parity be extended?The provision of the Affordable Care Act that raises Medicaid reimbursement rates is about to expire. Here's what it may mean to your practice--and what medical societies are trying to do about it.

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