Tips to make every payer negotiation a success

Physicians looking to negotiate reimbursement rates with payers often find themselves dealing with take-it-or-leave-it offers, leaving them feeling frustrated and powerless. When asked how challenging payer negotiations are as part of  the Medical Economics Payer Scorecard, 64% of respondents rated…

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UA PANDA receives record donation

The 18th PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon donated a record-breaking $1.725 million to support the PANDA Children’s Autoimmunity and Allergies Project at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center. Net proceeds from the event were approximately $1.2 million,…

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The damaging culture of medicine and physician suicide

Dr. Michael Myers, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., explored physician suicide in his new book, "Why Physicians Die by Suicide." Not surprisingly, Myers says burnout is…

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Some Docs May Help Fuel Opioid Abuse Epidemic

You may be more likely to wind up a long-term user of opioid painkillers if you're treated by a doctor who frequently prescribes those drugs, a new study reports. Emergency room patients are at greater risk for long-term opioid use…

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Final Medicare Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made considerable changes to policies in its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) with the release of its final rule. Learn more at AMA Wire.

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MACRA Final Rule Release

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final version https://qpp.cms.gov/education of its physician Quality Payment Program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA replaced SGR and moves physicians to a value-base payment…

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Are The Promises of ACOs Panning Out?

Vitalyst Health Foundation, in their new report titled The Progress and Promise of Accountable Care Organizations, offers a look at the standing and role of ACOs in Arizona. Lead author, Palmer Evans, MD interviewed ACO leaders throughout the state for…

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New OCR Guidance On Ransomware Puts Pressure On Providers

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has recently release new HIPAA guidance on the risks of being victimized by file-encrypting malware. Under the new guidelines if any healthcare organization’s computers are infected with ransomware…

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CMS Issues New Physician Fee Schedule

In early July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2017.…

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