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Doctors cite myriad reasons for not taking advantage of state prescription drug databases, even though health officials encourage the use of such tools more than ever in light of the country's opioid crisis.
Worries over the consequences of value-based payment methodologies in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act obscure significant improvements the rule makes over the status quo, writes Bob Doherty, senior vice president of Government Affairs and Public Policy at the American College of Physicians, in an article published in MedPage Today.
As the end of the first year under ICD-10 fast approaches, physicians who filed claims under the Medicare Part B physician fee schedule must be mindful that the end one-year grace period from post-payment reviews also looms.
A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress this week would amend the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' readmissions program to factor in patients' socioeconomic status to prevent hospitals from receiving penalties for circumstances beyond their control.
Lawmakers, physicians and patient advocates voiced a wide range of reactions to the Obama administration's proposed drug reimbursement model in a House subcommittee hearing this week, with some arguing the demonstration project should be scrapped entirely and others advocating for slight tweaks to address provider concerns.
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