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What will the end of the SGR bring, besides more acronyms?

What do we know so far about Medicare's replacement for the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015? 

Lowest-paid docs would still choose medicine, but in different specialties

Both primary care physicians (PCP) and specialists have enjoyed modest compensation increases over the past few years, according to  Medscape's 2015 Physician Compensation Report. In particular, the average compensation for specialists is $284,000, with PCPs earning $195,000.   

Is Maintenance of Certification as burdensome as critics claim?

When the American Board of Internal Medicine adopted the new maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements in early 2014, many physicians balked vocally. Today, the criticism has yet to subside, with some physicians alleging that the burden of taking the exam every two years instead of 10 costs them not just money but also time with patients, according to an article from the  Longview Daily News.

SGR repeal becomes reality

Despite industry concern that the reimbursement outlined in the Sustainable Growth Rate formula repeal law isn't enough to keep up with costs over time, medical groups cheered the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

Primary care model brings docs, specialists to the workplace, improves patient experience

Scott Shreeve, M.D., aims to transform primary care delivery with a streamlined approach that brings healthcare to the workplace.

3 tactics to preempt payer headaches

A physician practice's revenue cycle is rarely seamless, largely due to the challenges of managing different and ever-changing rules and idiosyncrasies of various payers. To improve your odds of getting paid, Physicians Practice offers these three tips. 

Health coaches help practices win at chronic care, study shows

With primary care physicians under ever-increasing pressure to engage patients in proactively managing their own health, medical assistants trained as health coaches may offer a cost-effective approach that pleases patients and fellow clinicians alike, according to a study published in the  Annals of Family Medicine.

Survey reveals most physician-friendly states of 2015

South Carolina, Minnesota and Texas secured the top three respective states to practice, while Oregon, New Jersey and Rhode Island rounded out the bottom, according to a new WalletHub survey, which used 12 metrics to measure physicians' opportunity, competition and work environment by state.

Highmark Health blames risk corridor program for operating loss

Nonprofit Highmark Health--formed in 2013 as the parent of Highmark and hospital system Allegheny Health network--this week  reported mixed financial results for 2014.

SGR repeal likely, but not a cure-all for physician challenges

Although physician groups criticized legislators for taking recess before voting on a proposed repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, chances are good that the Senate will follow the House's lead and approve HR 1470 within the next two weeks,  Medical Economics  reported.