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ACA burdens mount for practices

Although practices handled the relatively low volume of newly insured health-exchange patients smoothly at first, some offices struggle to keep up with verifying new enrollees' coverage, according to  Kaiser Health News.

Physicians don't regret selling practices

Challenges related to the Affordable Care Act pushed nearly one-third of physicians who sold their practices within the past three years to sell, according to a national survey from staffing firm Jackson Healthcare. The findings support previous research predicting physicians' 'silent exodus' amid health reform.

CMS proposes new Medicare Advantage cuts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a 2015 reduction in payments to insurers for Medicare Advantage plans to align Medicare Advantage benchmarks with Medicare fee-for-service costs pursuant to Affordable Care Act requirements and lower Medicare spending.

ICD-10 costs up to three times higher than estimated

ICD-10 implementation will cost more--in some cases more than three times previous expense estimates--for physician practices, according to updated research published by the American Medical Association. 

SGR deal prompts unprecedented praise from AMA, AAFP

Physician groups across the country applaud a proposal to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and urge legislators to pass the measure before the end of March when the current Medicare payment formula extension expires, according to  Forbes  columnist Bruce Japsen.

Docs help fellow physicians launch business ideas

Whether it's to earn some side income or pursue a passion, physicians often find themselves with entrepreneurial ideas, yet lack the knowledge to turn those visions into businesses.

Medical costs are everyone's responsibility (including mine)

It's an all too common scenario--patient sees doctor, doctor recommends test, patient undergoes test, patient receives expensive bill for test. And this time it happened to me. I visited my...

Hospitals fight back against provider network exclusions

Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.H., one of 10 hospitals ousted from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield's provider network for individual health plans, is fighting to rejoin the ranks of participating providers. This case is the latest volley in an ongoing debate about the trend of payers restricting networks to providers that accept lower rates in return for high patient volumes. 

Solvency worries grip state health exchanges

State exchanges may have trouble becoming financially self-sufficient by January, 2015 as required by the Affordable Care Act.  

Cut from a health plan? 3 ways to fight back

Although a federal judge in Connecticut temporarily blocked UnitedHealthcare from dropping an estimated 2,200 physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan, experts fear the victory could be temporary, according to a post from  Physicians Practice.