Though few physicians realize it yet, a new CMS rule will begin to pay them for the hours they and their clinical teams spend managing Medicare patients' chronic conditions beyond face-to-face office visits. >>>
While the uncertainty around healthcare reform and lower reimbursements will prove a challenge in the near future, hospital leaders also see opportunities to succeed within local markets. >>>
The volume and value of hospital mergers and acquisitions increased in the third quarter of 2013 when compared with the same period in 2012, although the fundamental reasons for the market consolidations are essentially the same, according to a PwC report. Healthcare sector churn is far from settled. >>>
Douglas Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, has repeatedly made big bets on where the puck is going in healthcare, and those bets have almost always paid off. Now his behemoth health system is seeking to take responsibility for caring for individuals over a lifetime. Making that change pay off financially is the critical challenge. From the 2013 HealthLeaders 20. >>>
Repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate has clear momentum, but with 2013 winding down and the $139 billion price tag still unresolved, physicians could be facing yet another short-term fix. >>>
Nearly 1% of anesthesiology residents showed substance use disorders, including some who died as a result, and nearly half of those caught had a relapse, says a new report. "This is still a big problem within our specialty," says the study author. >>>
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee developed a tool kit for churches to use to improve immunization rates among minorities and rural whites in the state. Next up: Behavioral health and chemical dependency problems. >>>
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