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Will House follow Senate on physician immigration reform?

Will House follow Senate on physician immigration reform?

The Senate bill includes reauthorization and expansion of a doctor visa waiver program, but House leaders will craft their own package.

Medicare physician quality reporting: Tale of the tape

Medicare physician quality reporting: Tale of the tape

The latest participation data reveal that when it comes to pay-for-reporting success, location and specialty matter.

Medicaid's mounting audit pressure

Medicaid's mounting audit pressure

Program expansion will mean stepped-up payment investigations, which typically target hospitals but also ensnare physicians, who say audits have little to do with good medicine.

Medicine scores several U.S. Supreme Court wins

Medicine scores several U.S. Supreme Court wins

Physician organizations came out winners on stances in more than a half-dozen high court cases covering a range of issues during the just-finished term.

How well do physicians know the ACA?

How well do physicians know the ACA?

Individual practices and medical organizations are educating their doctors on the 2,000-page statute, and some say they're ready for 2014.

The toll of Medicare's unfunded mandates

The toll of Medicare's unfunded mandates

Bureaucratic rules and other administrative burdens placed on physician practices accumulate, cutting into time to treat patients and costing practices money.

Immigration bill aims to ease doctor shortage

Immigration bill aims to ease doctor shortage

Proposed reforms from a bipartisan group of senators would revamp J-1 visas and other programs that improve access to physician services in underserved areas.

Physician-owned hospitals seize their moment

Physician-owned hospitals seize their moment

Supplied with government data ranking them among the best for value of care, doctors at these facilities keep fighting to lift expansion restrictions.

Obama budget signals quicker trigger on Medicare pay cuts

Obama budget signals quicker trigger on Medicare pay cuts

Physicians and hospitals express concerns about the White House budget's potential impact on pay, including a provision to accelerate work of a Medicare cost-cutting board.

Goodwill likely to break long deadlock on CMS chief

Goodwill likely to break long deadlock on CMS chief

Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner fields pointed questions on ACA implementation and entitlement reforms at the Senate hearing on her nomination for the permanent post.

Will ACA be a boon for concierge care?

Will ACA be a boon for concierge care?

Proponents of the model say rising patient demand will prompt more consumers to seek personalized care, but some conflicts with health reform rules might arise.

Brain scan sheds light on Medicare's technology decisions

Brain scan sheds light on Medicare's technology decisions

Advanced imaging to early-diagnose Alzheimer's provides a case study on how technology proponents seek coverage through a process that involves both science and persuasion.

Medicaid's mental health emergency

Medicaid's mental health emergency

Coverage gaps have led many patients with acute psychiatric problems to hospital EDs. How one initiative hopes to strengthen mental health services for this population.

Medicare SGR repeal price tag plummets

Medicare SGR repeal price tag plummets

Declines in health spending growth have lowered the projected 10-year cost of freezing doctor pay rates from $244 billion to $138 billion.

Medicare pay: Insurers preview a post-SGR world

Medicare pay: Insurers preview a post-SGR world

As Congress struggles with its chronic pay formula problem, private plans offer examples of how Medicare might be overhauled to pay for value instead of volume.

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Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

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How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

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Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

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Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

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