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Doc groups support cost-saving telehealth proposal

Three Medicaid reimbursement policy changes for telehealth and remote patient monitoring would save the federal government $1.8 billion over the next 10 years, according to a new report by consultancy Avalere Health. 

Legislators take aim at Stark law in light of value-based payment changes

Legislators are asking industry stakeholders for input regarding potential changes to. Stark law in light of the ongoing transition towards value-based payments, according to a report by Bloomberg BNA.

Safety-net hospitals suffer in all three big Medicare incentive programs

Hospitals that treated uninsured patients and were more of the provider safety net were significantly more likely to receive financial penalties for patient readmissions than hospitals that treat wealthier patients, a new study finds.

Former CEO claims he was fired for calling out improper payments

A prominent physician and former CEO of an Oregon health system says he was fired by the governing board last year for suggesting the provider self-report $10 million in improper Medicare claims, according to  The Oregonian,

Large bulk of U.S. healthcare is taxpayer-funded

Not only is the United States the most expensive country in the world to obtain healthcare services, the U.S. government is picking up the majority of the tab.

How to head off DME prior authorization troubles

A new federal rule that requires prior authorization for certain durable medical equipment could lead to extra paperwork for physicians and frustration for patients, according to an article from  Family Practice News.

More than 200K to see hit in Medicare payments after failing to meet MU requirements

More than 200,000 eligible professionals are set to see a slash in their Medicare payments after failing to meet Meaningful Use standards in 2014, according to a fact sheet released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Socioeconomic factors may be overemphasized in hospital readmission penalties

The socieconomic status of patients may factor less into their risk of being readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of discharge than the quality of care they receive after their release.

The practical challenges of Medicare negotiating drug prices

​Despite presidential candidates promising to reduce the out-of-pocket costs of prescription drugs, a new article from  STAT  makes the case that the amount of power the government actually has to drive down drug prices on a large scale may not be significant.  

Advocacy groups unveil their wish lists for 2016

With a small window of time before the U.S. Presidential elections take all the legislative air out of the room, medical advocacy groups are focused on advancing their top priorities. The majority of this year's goals lie in the regulatory arena, according to a story in  MedPage Today.