Ebola virus: What physicians need to know Healthcare 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 areas October 17, 2014 By Alison Ritchie A 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? October 17, 2014 By Jeffrey Bendix MA A new study looks at physician behavior in emergency departments before and after reform legislation. Primary care can extinguish fee-for-service, study says October 15, 2014 By Donna Marbury A 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 friendly October 15, 2014 By Chris Mazzolini The 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 denials October 15, 2014 By Renee Dowling Exploring three patient scenarios using the modifier 25 code. Health IT stakeholders: Time for Congress to take action October 10, 2014 By Chris Mazzolini Nearly 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-mails After initial spurt, electronic messaging usually levels off, study finds Pioneer ACOs performance is mixed in first two years, CMS data shows October 10, 2014 By Chris Mazzolini Is 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 2015 October 10, 2014 By Alison Ritchie The costs for recipients of Medicare Part B will stay the same next year.