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How one independent physician practice survives and thrives in today's healthcare environment [Q&A]

In this FiercePracticeManagement  exclusive, Mark Miller, M.D., explains how he's overcome obstacles that stand in the way of practices staying independent and offers advice on how other solo practitioners can do the same.  

Nurse practitioners' role growing in evolving healthcare landscape

The role of the nurse practitioner has grown increasingly important in the provision of high-quality, patient-centric, team-based care. Indeed, NPs now make up approximately one-third of the workforce in primary care settings, according to American Association of Nurse Practitioners President Cindy Cooke.

ACEP sues feds over out-of-network emergency patients

The American College of Emergency Physicians has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over emergency reimbursement rules it says run the risk of insufficient payments.

National payment rate could improve healthcare value

To establish a truly value-based system, the healthcare industry must establish a national payment rate based on the nation's top providers' care costs, argues a Health Affairs blog post.

Physician leaders still have an opportunity to shape MACRA implementation

Medicare's plans for a new physician payment system o ffers doctors a better alternative to the widely unpopular sustainable growth formula, but physician leaders need to speak up in order to help shape the proposed law into a more effective vehicle for payment reform, write two health policy experts in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Illegal opioids, overprescribing are major causes of epidemic, doctors survey finds

When asked what they think is the reason behind the country's opioid epidemic, physicians in a recent survey cited two leading causes: easy access to illegal opioids and overprescribing by physicians.  

What you need to know about running an all-cash practice

While running an all-cash practice--or one that doesn't accept health insurance--allows doctors to charge what they're worth, physicians must balance that benefit against the harsh reality that they can't treat patients on Medicaid, writes Ashley Maltz, M.D., an integrative medicine physician, in a  blog post

Surveillance, extra training cut hospital's sepsis deaths

A Huntsville, Alabama, hospital cut sepsis mortality more than 50 percent with electronic surveillance and a staff education initiative, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

CMS officials counter fears about HCAHPS surveys

Common misperceptions persist regarding the role of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys, Medicare officials write in a commentary for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In pilot study, Hawaii insurer will try new provider payment model

The Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), the state's largest insurer, is about to change how doctors are paid, Kathleen Kozak, M.D., an internal medicine physician, writes at  Honolulu Civil Beat.