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CMS report suggests a bright yet tough road for ACOs

Three additional ACOs left the Pioneer program this month, leaving just over half of the original 32 participants

MGMA: Practices forced to allocate more staff resources to regulatory burdens

As the regulatory and administrative burden on physician practices increases, so too has the expense of paying employees needed to perform this work. 

Benefits of MD/MBA programs go both ways

While it may be too soon to determine whether the explosive growth in joint M.D./M.B.A. programs changed the dynamics of practicing medicine, individuals on both the clinical and administrative sides of healthcare report that such dual training improved the way they perform in their roles, according to an article from the Atlantic.

Docs happiest in areas with strong communities, low managed care

Although physicians nationwide report signs of struggle, there are pockets of the country where practicing medicine is more pleasant than average. Mississippi leads the pack for the second year in a row, according to this year's Best States to Practice report from Physicians Practice

Physician Compare still missing the mark, critics say

While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is still embroiled in objections from physician groups, including the American Medical Association, over the accuracy of the rating system used on its Physician Compare website, others criticize that the database contains information on too few physicians to be useful in helping consumers find doctors, according to an article from USA Today.

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