Physician practices see post-ACA revenue growth

Physicians have experienced revenue growth in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Surprisingly, the effect was more pronounces among states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility

Survey reveals what the best, worst states to practice share in common

For nearly a decade, Physicians Practice has ranked the best states to practice, using an algorithm that weighs factors including cost of living, physician density, disciplinary actions taken against physicians, tax burden per capita, malpractice paid loss and reimbursement compared to the cost to treat patients.

Care scarce for opioid-addicted pregnant women

Adults who become addicted to prescription painkillers aren't always the only patients their doctors must consider. Women who are pregnant and addicted risk having babies suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and other substance-related complications, and often have difficulty obtaining proper care for themselves or their unborn children, according to a report from MedPage Today.


Hospital employment here to stay, but not all independent docs give up practices

Although healthcare trends often ebb and flow, hospital employment is one that appears to not just have staying power, but keeps growing--despite some fierce opposition.

Aging population poses threats and opportunities to practices

The U.S. population is aging, making Medicare beneficiaries an increasingly prevalent part of practices' patient panels. This trend poses both challenges and opportunities for all medical providers.


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Hospitals that hire physicians have a tendency to place them into a payment incentive arrangement that is indistinguishable from paying kickbacks, a whistleblowing doctor alleges. 


The Hamilton Project, an economic initiative of the non-profit Brookings Institution, proposes a plan to allow states to set a charity care "floor"--the minimum percentage of a hospital's expenses that can be dedicated to charity care. States would also set an income cutoff where charity care provisions cannot count toward hospital expenses.