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Medical groups decry missed opportunity to repeal SGR

Medical professionals blasted last week's fe deral budget deal  for failing to address the controversial sustainable growth rate payment formula,  MedPageToday  repo rts.

4 paths to smoother patient collections

Patient co llections  represent a burgeoning financial and administrative challenge for practices. Fortunately, a recent co lumn  from  Medical Economics  editorial advisory board member Robert C. Scroggins, offers four simple yet underused strategies for streamlining this process

Health insurance premiums up 73 percent in last 10 years

Premiums for employee-based family health insurance plans increased 73 percent from 2003 to 2013, and employer contributions to those plans jumped 93 percent, according to new  research from the Commonwealth Fund.

Health insurance growth outlook 'stable' for 2015, Fitch Ratings report says

U.S. health insurers and brokers can expect solid margins and return on capital next year, Fitch Ratings  announced.

Insurers can help slow healthcare spending

Governent data indicates that healthcare spending growth in 2013 slowed to just 3.6 percent, the lowest level in more than 50 years. Sustaining this slowdown won't be easy, but insurers can play a key role in making it happen.

CMS unveils new ACO proposal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday issued a proposed rule monday that includes   everal changes to the Medicare Shared Sav ings Program  that not only offers a new "Track 3" model to entice providers to form accountable care organizations but also would give participants an extra three years before they could face penalties for poor performance

5 (more) ways to make your practice thrive in 2015

Last week, I offered five practice traits that appear to be common denominators for success. In truth, I had 10 in mind, but ran out of space in which to share them. But while the first batch was...

Oncologists can't afford to stay independent

While the healthcare-conso lidation  trend has accelerated across specialties since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, oncologists in private practice face particularly intense pressure to sell or become otherwise affiliated with hospitals, according to an art icle  from the  New York Times.

Benefits plans excluding more drugs as costs rise

Express Scripts, CVS Health and Medicaid rank among the prescription benefit managers banning specialty drugs from health plan coverage in an effort to keep costs down,  Bloomberg  reported.  

Patient collections: 5 challenges to address

The proliferation of high-deductible health plans has not only caused hardship for patients, but has added a difficult layer of administrative and financial burden for physician practices and ambulatory surgery centers, according to an arti cle  from the  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.