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Most states fail on physician quality information for second year

Nearly 90 percent of states received a failing grade for transparency of information on physician quality, according to a new report from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute.

CMS: 257,000 docs will receive Meaningful Use penalties

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed Wednesday that roughly 257,000 Medicare eligible professionals will be hit with a 1 percent penalty to their Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments beginning Jan. 5, 2015, for failing to meet Meaningful Use by Oct. 1, 2014.

Are Teaching Health Centers a better way to train primary care physicians?

If primary care isn't practiced in hospitals, why does future primary care physician training take place in them? That's the question raised by Bruce Koeppen, M.D., founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, in a recent column for LiveScience.

 

Medical groups decry missed opportunity to repeal SGR

Medical professionals blasted last week's federal budget deal for failing to address the controversial sustainable growth rate payment formula, MedPageToday reports.

How to address drug-seeking patients

Although physician practices seem to have made some progress in the fight against prescription painkiller abuse, drug-seeking and drug-addicted patients remain part of many medical offices' daily reality, according to an article from Physicians Practice.

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