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Individual physicians, eligible professionals and selected group practices may apply online for a hardship exemption under the 2013 Medicare Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2013, according to an AHA News Now report.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 11:27

6 Scariest Issues in Healthcare Right Now

With Halloween coming up, we at Becker's Hospital Review thought it seemed as good a time as any to recap some of the most frightening and concerning issues in healthcare. Here are six of the scariest issues in healthcare right now. These events and trends have made their fair share of headlines in recent weeks and continue to alarm hospital and health system executives.
Published in Practice Management
Orthopedic surgery rates vary widely across top academic medical centers, according to a report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project (pdf).
Published in Practice Management
The sustainable growth rate formula for Medicare physician payment rates has brought the U.S. healthcare system to its knees for the past several years. As physicians face yet another rate reduction this January, the formula is causing many within the profession to question their medicine business practices.
Published in Practice Management
Three physicians and health policy directors with Physicians for a National Health Program conducted a study on how Medicare pays private insurers, also known as Medicare Advantage plans, and they identified overpayments totaling $282.6 billion since 1985.
Published in Billing & Coding
Brian R. Gantwerker, MD, of The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles, discusses the quality and cost benefits of performing spine surgery in ambulatory surgery centers and what it will take for Medicare to reimburse for these procedures in the future.
Published in Spine
Hospitals and other providers will see Medicare payment reductions totaling $11.1 billion this upcoming year, due to the Budget Control Act of 2011, unless Congress passes new measures to prevent the cuts, according to a report from the White House's Office of Management and Budget (pdf).
A study recently published in Spine shows that the supply and utilization of chiropractors among the older adult population could be connected.
Published in Pain Management
Thursday, 06 September 2012 09:56

SGR Update: How Much is the Repeal Cost for 2012?

Earlier this August, the Congressional Budget Office released a report indicating that lower spending projections to Medicare and Medicaid over the next decade will help lower the federal deficit.
Published in News and Analysis
The Republican Party adopted its official platform yesterday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., promising to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with more consumer-oriented policies.
Published in Practice Management
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