CMS releases final 2018 physician payment rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its final rule for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2018. CMS estimates a 0.41% increase in physician payment rates for 2018 compared to 2017, after applying a 0.5% payment increase required by the Medicare Access and CHIP... read more

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Tags: physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare

SAMHSA reports 39% increase in opioid treatment programs since 2003

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The number of federally-approved opioid treatment programs, which are qualified to dispense methadone and buprenorphine for opioid use disorders, increased 39% between 2003 and 2016, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. About 10% of all substance use... read more

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Tags: physicians, access, Behavioral health, opioids

Medical school seniors, others matched to residency slots

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A record 30,478 medical school seniors and graduates were matched to U.S. residency positions today through the National Resident Matching Program, 906 more than last year. A record 31,757 positions were offered. Applicants include students and graduates of U.S. and international medical schools. 

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Tags: physicians, graduate medical education

CDC: Share of adults without usual place of care varies widely by state

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About 17% of working-age adults lacked a usual place for medical care when surveyed in 2014, ranging from 3% in Vermont to 27% in Nevada, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adults in states that have expanded Medicaid eligibility were more likely to report having... read more

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Tags: physicians, Medicaid, access

GAO: CMS should do more to ensure adequate access to care for MA enrollees

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should do more to ensure that Medicare Advantage organizations offer adequate provider networks to meet enrollees’ needs, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Specifically, GAO said CMS should augment its network adequacy criteria... read more

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Tags: physicians, Medicare, access

AHA commends proposed updates to NAIC's model network adequacy legislation

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Proposed changes to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ 1996 model state legislation for health plan network adequacy would help address problems that consumers and health care providers face with respect to the adequacy and transparency of health plan provider networks, AHA told a NAIC... read more

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Tags: physicians, Coverage, access

AHA webinar Sept. 15 on training rural physicians

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The AHA will host a members-only webinar Sept. 15 on "Building Primary Care from the Ground Up: Partnership for Training Rural Residents in Medicine." Presenters will describe how a North Dakota critical access hospital, CHI-Mercy Medical Center, combined resources with the Family Medicine Residency... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: physicians, rural

Study: Narrow physician networks more common in certain 2014 Marketplaces

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The prevalence of narrow physician networks in the Health Insurance Marketplaces varied widely by state in 2014, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. The study considers networks narrow if 25% or fewer physicians in a... read more

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Tags: physicians, Coverage

A Little Good, a Little Bad

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The news often brings some good and some bad; sometimes a step forward and a step back. This week’s good news is the proposed change that would allow payment for advanced care planning visits with clinicians, encouraging dialogs that will help patients determine how they want care provided in serious... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, financial assistance, price

ED physicians say visits continue to rise

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Three-quarters of emergency physicians say the volume of emergency department visits has increased since January 2014, when the Affordable Care Act required all Americans to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty, according to a new survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians. About 90% of... read more

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Tags: physicians, Emergency Preparedness, Coverage, access

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