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Your Voice: Doctors can be paid to put patient care on back burner
Deciphering the complex world of Medicare payment models
Is DPC a viable way to MACRA-proof your practice?
Is DPC a viable way to MACRA-proof your practice?A brief look at one alternative practice model to traditional, insurance-based primary care.
7 scariest acronyms of healthcare explained
7 scariest acronyms of healthcare explainedThe healthcare industry loves its acronyms, making it a little like a confusing, high-stakes version of alphabet soup. New acronyms are constantly introduced into the healthcare landscape, each signifying change and a new challenge.
Obamacare rising costs creating challenges for physicians
Obamacare rising costs creating challenges for physiciansWith President-Elect Donald Trump having campaigned vowing to repeal Obamacare, there are some who feel that the federal government’s announcement that premiums for midlevel health plans under the Affordable Care Act are expected to increase by an average of 25% in 2017 is nothing to worry about.
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.
10 Things to know about HHS Secretary-designate Tom Price
10 Things to know about HHS Secretary-designate Tom PriceA former private practice physician is poised to become the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here’s what physicians should know about him.
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.