Regulatory

Drugmakers hike prices regardless of rebates, says PCMA June 19, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
Some high-priced drugs like Sovaldi, a hepatitis C drug which initially cost $84,000, involved no rebates until other competitors came to market.
Beginning this year, clinicians participating in MIPS have to report on six quality measures to be eligible for a bonus payment.
Less than half of physicians are satisfied with their compensation June 19, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
Reason is declining reimbursement rates coupled with an increase in the administrative burden, particularly due to EHRs.
A precision medicine fight is brewing between clinicians, public health June 19, 2017 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
While doctors want to know everything they can, public health is far more cautionary when it comes to screenings.
Healthcare groups urge CMS to count Medicare Advantage contracts as APMs in MACRA June 12, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
That step, they say, would keep Medicare Advantage relevant, to the benefit of patients in the Medicare program.
AHIP: No matter the political landscape, value-based care will continue June 12, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
Reimbursement has not caught up to technology innovations, expert says.
One year after passage, doctors struggle with logistics, ethics of aid-in dying law June 12, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Some oppose the law; many others, however, believe patients should have access to aid-in-dying but don't want to be involved themselves.
CMS issues call for clinicians to propose, submit new MIPS measures June 12, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Deadline to submit proposed measures for consideration is June 30, 2017.
ONC shifting focus from EHR adoption to usability, interoperability, Rucker says June 12, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
The ONC chief told a Washington gathering the time is right to address the 'angst' over EHR design and moving medical records.
CMS overpaid nearly $730 million in meaningful use incentives, OIG says June 12, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
Failure to conduct minimal documentation reviews left the incentive program open to abuse of federal funds, agency says.
DOJ will probe more EHR vendors for false claims, sources say June 06, 2017 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
When the Department of Justice and Office of the Inspector General find one vendor out of compliance, it's only natural that they widen the scope to look at others in the same sector.
Insurers could be offering employer plans that contain no contraception coverage, under proposed rule June 06, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
Trump Administration rule does not change standard requiring such coverage when no objection exists, but about any employer could seek an exemption.
DOJ demands eClinicalWorks transfer data to rival EHRs June 06, 2017 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
As if the hefty settlement fine execs had to pay wasn't enough, the vendor also has to offer free upgrades, transfer customer's data to rival EHR vendors for free, and employ an independent personal watchdog.
AMIA presses FCC on broadband access as a health issue May 25, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
Informatics group tells the federal agency that robust internet access is key to ensuring everyone benefits from advances in health IT.
Numbers of uninsured would increase by 23M under AHCA, CBO says May 25, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
In 2026, an estimated 51M people under age 65 would be uninsured, compared to 28M who would lack insurance under current law.
Economists propose paying physicians salary over fee-for-service method to avoid conflicts of interest May 19, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
Fee-for-service compensation arrangements, they propose, create incentives for physicians to order more services than are best for patients.
Experts split on whether quality reporting enhances or detracts from patient care May 19, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
David R. Scrase, MD, says quality reporting made him a better physician; David L. Hahn, MD, said it adds to physician burnout.
Economists propose paying physicians salary over fee-for-service method to avoid conflicts of interest May 11, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
Fee-for-service compensation arrangements, they propose, create incentives for physicians to order more services than are best for patients.
Experts split on whether quality reporting enhances or detracts from patient care May 11, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
David R. Scrase, MD, says quality reporting made him a better physician; David L. Hahn, MD, said it adds to physician burnout.
More states reimburse for telemedicine under Medicaid than you think May 02, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
A new report found an uptick in state's practices for live video consults, store-and-forward and remote monitoring services.

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