Practice Management

Ebola virus: What physicians need to know
Ebola virus: What physicians need to knowHealthcare workers are in a unique position to separate the facts from the fears concerning the Ebola virus in the United States. Make sure you and your staff members are educated about the virus and able to answer any questions from patients.
CMS launches ACO initiative to boost rural, underserved areasA new program may make it easier for rural practices to invest in the infrastructure needed to join an accountable care organization.
Does malpractice reform affect defensive medicine practices?A new study looks at physician behavior in emergency departments before and after reform legislation.

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Primary care can extinguish fee-for-service, study saysA new report suggests that primary care can phase out fee-for-service models by incorporating multiple healthcare teams, diverse pay models and technology.
AMA provides blueprint for making meaningful use more physician friendlyThe American Medical Association released its blueprint for the future of the meaningful use incentive program, a proposal that includes greater physician flexibility in attesting and addressing physician usability challenges
How to avoid modifier 25 denialsExploring three patient scenarios using the modifier 25 code.

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Health IT stakeholders: Time for Congress to take actionNearly 60 health information technology stakeholders want Congress to take action to clear up uncertainty surrounding the regulation and oversight of health IT.
Physicians needn’t fear avalanche of patient e-mailsAfter initial spurt, electronic messaging usually levels off, study finds
Pioneer ACOs performance is mixed in first two years, CMS data showsIs the government’s Pioneer ACO program in trouble? CMS released data from the program's first two years.
Medicare Part B premiums, deductibles will remain unchanged in 2015The costs for recipients of Medicare Part B will stay the same next year.

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