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AMA's Role in Setting Medicare Fees Battered

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Two prominent media reports critical of the American Medical Association's influence over payment rates for services on the Medicare physician fee schedule coincide with a renewed legislative push to diminish the group's power over pricing. >>>


Editor's Picks

SGR Repeal Bill Advances to Full House Committee

So-called "doc-fix" legislation that would replace the sustainable growth rate formula with a system that rewards physicians for delivering quality care could be up for a full committee vote this week. >>>

HIX Bedeviled By Tech, Resource Hurdles

The countdown is on and the make-or-break technology backbone of the government's health insurance exchange is shrouded in questions about security and privacy. One health insurance vendor calls the scenario "a nightmare." >>>

Health Exchange Rates Surprisingly Low

Blue Shield of California says it expects rates for its policyholders to increase 13% on average in 2014, an increase executives say will be "legitimately below what people expected them to be." >>>

Healthways Inks Deal with Ornish

Programs developed by Dean Ornish, MD, for coronary artery disease, Type II diabetes, and early-stage prostate cancer are expected to extend Healthways' existing portfolio of well-being improvement programs. >>>

Stratus Healthcare Alliance Strategy Detailed

Georgia's new 23-hospital collaborative, with its focus on operational initiatives and improving population health, "represents a formidable force with substantial bargaining power" and may be the first stage of something bigger, says one healthcare analyst. >>>

SEC Poised to Modify 'No Admit, No Deny' Policy in Settlements

Observers believe such a change would result in potentially far-reaching consequences for companies that fall under the purview of the SEC, including private, for-profit hospitals, their directors, officers, and employees. >>>

Employer Mandate Delay No Free Pass

Healthcare providers with high headcounts get a break—they won't have to supply affordable health insurance to their employees or face a fine—yet. But hospitals and health systems still have to be prepared to deal with health insurance exchanges on Oct 1. >>>

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Webcast: Reining in Disruptive Docs—Strategies to Manage Risk and Reduce Turnover

Date: August 27, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

According to a 2011 study, 77% of physicians are concerned about disruptive behavior at their facilities. Join physician management experts from DePaul University and Florida Hospital to learn peer-tested strategies for confronting and resolving disruptive physician behavior. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

As clock ticks, fierce turnout effort for health law

The New York Times, July 24, 2013

Better healthcare for less money, if you can find it

Reuters, July 24, 2013

HMA's board sued over proxy fight

Bloomberg, July 24, 2013

Medicare plans to accelerate linking doctor pay to quality

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, July 23, 2013

Hospitals quitting a key Obamacare cost-control program

The Washington Post, July 23, 2013

Medical groups resist possible standards loosening

The Hill, July 23, 2013

How a secretive panel uses data that distorts doctors' pay

The Washington Post, July 22, 2013

Healthcare exchanges threatened by delay

USA Today / CNBC, July 22, 2013

Obama steps in to push health plan as critical date draws near

Reuters, July 19, 2013

The Obamacare provision that terrifies insurers

The Washington Post, July 19, 2013

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