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5 things to know about CMS Administrator-designate Seema Verma
5 things to know about CMS Administrator-designate Seema VermaA healthcare consultant with experience redesigning Medicaid programs for Republican governors is likely the next head of CMS. Here’s what doctors should know about her.
Hospice consultation should be a quality metric
Hospice consultation should be a quality metricToo many physicians lack the skills to discuss end-of-life wishes with patients. It is awkward for the doctors to even bring up the topic in certain circumstances. Doctors are trained to save peoples’ lives, not to give up on them. But physicians need to change their mindset.
Salaries soar for doctors, so why aren't they happy?Doctors' pay is slowly but steadily improving, Medicare’s sustainable growth rate is a thing of the past and demand for primary care physicians is surging under the Affordable Care Act. So why aren’t doctors happier when it comes to their salaries?
MACRA: Small practice hug or regulatory choke hold?Let me state this from the start: I believe CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt when he says that the rules of his agency’s Medicare reimbursement reform don’t slight small practices and are designed to make it easier to report quality data.
EHRs must deliver on promises or face ONC scrutiny
EHRs must deliver on promises or face ONC scrutinyAs physicians continue to maneuver through the electronic health record (EHR) maze, they'll soon start to see more oversight from Uncle Sam.
House calls could be secret weapon to save MedicareHouse calls may be making a comeback as a way to cut costs and provide better quality care for the elderly and chronically ill.
Weighing MACRA’s long-term effect on healthcareLooking past 2017, Medicare physician payment reform will have a ripple effect on areas including health IT and the future of independent practice.
Physicians frustrated, confused by final MACRA ruleWith 2017 fast approaching, physicians are taking a hard look at their practice operations to gauge the effects of Medicare payment reform.
Here's why a Trump presidency is good for physicians and patients
Here's why a Trump presidency is good for physicians and patientsThe election of Donald Trump may mean an era of empowering physicians and is reason for optimism.
Bill could allow health saving account use for DPC
Bill could allow health saving account use for DPCIfa bill introduced in Congress passes into law, paying directly for primary care will be a lot easier to do.