The administrative arm of a Massachusetts hospital will pay $1.77 million to settle allegations it paid grants to physician members in exchange for referrals--a violation of the state antikickback statute.
Concierge medicine has come a long way from its controversial beginni ngs. The often insurance-free model may even become mainstream for certain populations in the coming years, predi cted Forbes columnist Russ Alan Prince.
Stocks in health insurance companies hit all-time highs this week amid news that the firms added millions of customers thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has vowed to learn from the mistakes it made in its first round of publishing data about financial relationships between providers and healthcare manufacturing companies to improve the fairness and accuracy of information in its next round of disclosures, Law360 repo rted.
Reimbursement for oncology services has grown c hallenging in recent years, but while many cancer doctors have opted to forego independent practice, others have been accused of far more nefarious tactics to maintain financial stability.
As the days of Marcus Welby-style healthcare fade further into the past, so too should the 100-year-old practice of conducting the annual physical, wrote oncologist and health policy expert Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., in a col umn for the New York Times. The argument against this yearly visit for most patients is not new, and is based on data showing that checkups don't help patients live any longer. A newer twist on this established debate, however, has to do with cost.
Health care consolidation may be picking up more than ever, but that doesn't mean being part of a large group works out for every physician. On the coast of Maine, for example, nearly 90 percent of practicing physicians are being managed under medical groups such as Appledore Medical Group, Core Physicians in Exeter and Wentworth Health Partners in Dover; but for various reasons, many physicians who join such organizations opt not to stay, according to an arti cle from Seacoastonline.com.
As we've reported previously, challenges abound for physician practices in 2015. Areas in which practices will have to work hardest to adapt center largely on the Affordable Care Act, health exchanges and new payment models offered by government and private payers, noted an announcement from JD Supra. But despite the learning curve practices face, these changes are not without opportunity for practices to enhance reimbursement in some areas, according to an article from Medical Economics.
Health insurance premium growth has outpaced income growth in the last decade for Americans in all 50 states, ccording to a recent rep ort from the Commonwealth Fund.
Making predictions is an inexact science. But a good starting point comes from something my dad used to say: The best way to gauge what the weather is going to be like tomorrow is to look out the window today. Statistically, he'd go on to explain, climate changes happen far less frequently than simply seeing more of the same. This notion applies strongly when attempting to forecast what's in store for physician practices in 2015