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Bill Allows Mass Exemptions From EHR Meaningful Use Penalty

The measure, awaiting the president's signature, would make it easier for Medicare to exempt physicians from a 3% penalty because they were not given enough time to meet MU requirements in 2015.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Even With Smaller 'Donut Hole,' Medicare Cancer Pill Costs Stay High

Seniors insured by Medicare may still face high out-of-pocket costs for oral cancer medicines even after the government health program scales back a coverage gap known as the donut hole, a U.S. study suggests.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Opioid Overprescribing Not Limited to a Few Bad Apples

The bulk of prescriptions for opioid painkillers are written by the broad swath of general practitioners, not by a limited group of specialists, new Medicare data suggest.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Medicare Penalizes 758 Hospitals for Safety Deficiencies

Hospital-acquired condition program reduces Medicare payments 1%; some improvement seen in HAC prevalence.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Fewer Medicare-Subsidized Drug Plans Means Less Choice for Poor Seniors

The number of Medicare plans that cover medications with a subsidy provided for low-income beneficiaries is declining in 2016 by 20 percent.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Medicare Extends Deadline to Appeal Two Penalties

The Physician Quality Reporting System will reduce the reimbursement of some clinicians by 2% in 2016. The Value-Based Payment Modifier threatens practices with 100 or more members with another 2% cut.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Physicians Decry Broken Promise of Medicare Raise in 2016

The law that repealed the SGR formula called for a 0.5% hike in Medicare rates next year, but the ACA and other laws trumped it, yielding a 0.3% decrease."'It's a morale breaker," said the president of the AAFP.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Congress Passes Budget Bill That Cuts Medicare Pay in 2025

'It was easier to go after the doctors,' said one veteran executive of organized medicine about lawmakers paying for the 2-year budget deal in part by reducing Medicare reimbursement 10 years from now.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Medicare Approves Payment for End-of-Life Counseling

A proposal dropped from the Affordable Care Act after critics associated it with 'death panels' will take effect in 2016.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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450+ Hospitals to Pay Big for Defibrillator Claims Violations

The 70 settlements stem from a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging physicians violated Medicare coverage by implanting cardioverter-defibrillators sooner than allowed after MI or coronary procedures.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Why Doesn't Congress Have Our Back?

For all of their talk about improving the quality of care in America, federal legislators may let the Medicare bonus for primary care providers expire at the end of the year.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Medicare Cut for Physicians Helps Balance New Budget Deal

To help offset an $80 billion spending increase, the bipartisan bill would extend a 2% sequestration cut of Medicare payment rates into fiscal 2025.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Senior citizens were routinely tested for “angel dust” in scam that led to $256m settlement

One of the United States’ largest urine drug testing companies, Millennium Health, has agreed to pay $256m (£167m; €232m) to settle allegations that it fraudulently billed Medicare for hundreds of thousands of unnecessary drug tests on senior citizens and ran a kickback scheme designed to induce doctors to order the tests.  
feeds.bmj.com
almost 5 years ago
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Fewer Hospitalizations for Diabetics Seen by Nurse Practitioners

Compared with Medicare patients receiving all care from physicians, those receiving care from nurse practitioners had slightly lower odds of potentially preventable hospitalizations.  
medscape.com
almost 5 years ago
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Lessons From 10 Years of Medicare Coordinated Care Projects

The authors make 5 practical suggestions for primary care practices implementing care coordination, as learned from the past 10 years of Medicare demonstration projects.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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Medicare Math Could Erase Physician Raise Next Year

The 0.5% rate hike could shrink, or even vanish, if the Obama Administration does not hit a Medicare savings target, experts warn.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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Medicare Turns 50: Here Is My Favorite Story

Medicare is now 50 years old. George Lundberg shares his experiences from his medical training in the segregated South to the changes that he witnessed after the introduction of Medicare.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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Deadline to Appeal 2016 Medicare Penalty Is Near

The 2% cut applies to clinicians who did not meet the requirements of the Physician Quality Reporting System in 2014.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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CT Colonography Cost-effective for Medicare Enrollees

CT colonography is cost-effective and could reduce costs for colorectal cancer screening in the Medicare population, a new study has confirmed.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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Hospital Care Unaffected By Quality Payments, GAO Finds

Medicare’s quality incentive program for hospitals, which provides bonuses and penalties based on performance, has not led to demonstrated improvements in its first three years, according to a federal report released Thursday.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago