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Survey: Most practices to implement chronic care management within a year

Despite lingering challenges, most providers plan to take advantage of Medicare's new code for chronic care management (CCM), according to preliminary results of a survey conducted by population health technology developer Kryptiq.

Report: Out-of-pocket costs too high

The trend toward greater consumer cost-sharing, through higher deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance, is prompting many Americans to skip preventive tests and seek care, while also leaving them with burdensome bills, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund.

Patient relationships trump health-plan tiers

In a testament to the strength and survival of the physician-patient relationship, new research shows that patients are unlikely to leave doctors ranked in low-performing tiers by health plans. Rather, patients with lower-ranked physicians are more apt to switch health plans to avoid higher copays to see a physician with whom they have an ongoing relationship, according to the study from  Health Services Research.

Study: Higher copays could curb healthcare costs

To cut costs associated with expanding healthcare coverage, insurers should consider increasing copayments, concluded an article in the Journal of Health Economics.

MedPAC recommends copays for home health care

Expect an uproar from the AARP in the coming days regarding a new recommendation issued by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Thursday that would require seniors receiving home health

Physicians left with two losing choices amid another doc fix delay

There are two business days left to CMS' two-week claims processing delay--enacted to bridge a gap between Congress' first missed deadline for overturning Medicare physicians' 21 percent pay cut and

Copayment rates affect disease management to a financial detriment for all

There is a high cost to delaying treatment to those with chronic disease, and the more people avoid the doctor to save money, the more money ultimately is spent on hospital bills and intense