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3 social media shortcuts for physicians

One of physicians' most common objections to participating in social media is the amount of time it may require, on top of their already overburdened schedules. But having an online presence doesn't have to be all-consuming to have a positive impact on your practice, according to social media expert Kevin Pho, M.D., in the Spring 2015 edition of  Physician Family Magazine.  

Secrecy about superbugs could put patient safety in jeopardy

The all-too-common secrecy surrounding superbug outbreaks at U.S. hospitals undermines promising strides the healthcare industry has made in the push for transparency, the  Los Angeles Times  reports.  

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.

GOP shifting focus away from repealing Affordable Care Act

Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act may be off the table for now.  The GOP-controlled Congress could push ACA-repealing legislation to President Barack Obama's desk. However, Obama would likely veto the maneuver. For the time being, Republicans appear to focus on other legislative issues, such as proposing changes to the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

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.

Obama signs SGR repeal bill as medical groups react to CMS warning

President Barack Obama made it official and permanently repealed the sustainable growth rate formula by signing a bill passed by the Senate earlier in the week, the Associated Press reports.

CMS provides update on reinsurance collections, sets 2016 rate filing date

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made statements  this week about the Affordable Care Act's reinsurance program as well as rate-filing requirements for 2016 plan year. Here's a quick look at how both announcements will impact health insurers.

Ninth Circuit St. Luke's decision ignores the American healthcare transformation

Guest post by David Balto, an antitrust attorney who previously served as the policy director for the Federal Trade Commission, and James Kovacs, associate attorney at the Law Offices of David Balto...

Why hospitals should include doctors in bundled payments

Although the idea of including doctors in hospitals' bundled care payments has long been considered a detriment to physician autonomy, the move could significantly improve savings and care quality, argues an opinion piece published by the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

HIMSS15: IT infrastructure critical to payment, delivery reform, ONC's Karen DeSalvo says

While the interoperability of electronic health records is a high priority for the federal government, it really only is a means to an end, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said in a keynote address at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago Thursday morning.