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CMS renegs on promised Medicare rate increase; Final 2016 fee schedule cuts physician pay

Although last spring's Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act rescued physicians who accept Medicare from a 21 percent pay cut under the sustainable growth rate formula, doctors will see a small pay cut in 2016--rather than the promised 0.5 percent raise

John Oliver should unleash the Medicaid expansion zombies

John Oliver, the hilariously exasperated host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," specializes in long-take satirical reporting, prodded by his status as a British transplant often boggled by...

Payer-provider tensions driven by ACA, other factors

Physicians just don't trust payers. UnitedHealthcare and Cigna fared worst in the recently released ReviveHealth Payor Trust Index, whereas physicians viewed independent Blue Cross Blue Shield plans more kindly

Open enrollment: 4 facts insurers must know

With the federal healthcare marketplace open enrollment now upon us, many Americans still have some questions surrounding their healthcare options. Whether it's making signups easier for customers, helping them choose a plan or understanding the upgrades and remaining issues on Healthcare.gov, here's what insurers need to know the three-month open enrollment period.  

ACA-driven malpractice liability: 3 new areas of risk [Special Report]

In this special report,  FiercePracticeManagement  looks at the key areas of post-ACA liability concern and what steps physicians must take to minimize these new risks.

CHS earnings warning hits rest of publicly-traded hospital sector

The publicly-traded Community Health Systems said last week it would struggle to make its quarterly numbers. Much of the investor-owned hospital ecosystem suffered as a result.

Senator to block HHS nominations over 'systematic failures' of ACA CO-OP program

Karen DeSalvo is waiting in the wings to fully step into the role of assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, but one lawmaker may cause her wait to be even longer.

Employers, insurers reward consumers who shop for lower healthcare prices

As healthcare costs continue to rise, both insurers and employers are turning to initiatives that reward consumers for shopping for the best prices on healthcare procedures and services.

Data reveals insurers spending more on healthcare quality

Insurers spent 92 percent of individual claims revenue on healthcare and quality improvement in 2014, a vast improvement from the average of 79 percent they spent in 2010, according to two new briefs from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Physician practices see post-ACA revenue growth

Physicians have experienced revenue growth in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Surprisingly, the effect was more pronounces among states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility