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3 investment fixes for physicians

Despite physicians' high earning power, most are on track to replace just 56 percent of their income in retirement, according to a new report from Fidelity Investments.

Cost-sharing subsidies avoid sequester's chopping block

An estimated $8 billion in cost-sheltering subsidies paid to health insurers under the Affordable Care Act have been shielded from cuts under the across-the-board federal budget sequester thanks to recent executive action by the Obama administration.

Medical homes understaffed for teamwork

During the country's transition period from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement, medical practices struggle to find financial incentives to hire the right allied health professionals and fully staff a patient-centered medical home (PCMH), according to new research published in the  Annals of Family Medicine.

Doc groups urge CMS to remedy grace-period risks

Physicians and other healthcare providers need immediate notification when patients insured under health exchanges enter the 90-grace period for nonpayment. More than 80 physician organizations--including the American Medical Association and Medical Group Management Association--voiced that request in a recent letter to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

3 simple steps to help save your practice

Running a medical practice is not for the faint of heart. With mounting regulations and flat reimbursements, closure is a real possibility for many small practices. Marc D. Halley, MBA, president and chief executive officer of Ohio-based Halley Consulting Group, should know. With more than 20 years of experience in the physician-practice industry, Halley's expertise comes not just from his work as a consultant, but as someone who's been in your shoes.

Out-of-network coverage could send prices soaring

A proposal under consideratoin might require insurers in New York to provide out-of-network benefits for all plans they sell on the state's health insurance exchange. If New York implements that...

Insurers want states to cover pricey hep C drugs

New hepatitis C treatments could cost at least $200 billion in the next five years, prompting insurers to ask state officials to help pick up the tab.

Primary care specialty pay gap shrinks

As fee-for-service reimbursement fades, physician-compensation trends evolve to put more emphasis on quality metrics. In addition, the decades-long pay gap between specialties and primary care continues to narrow, according to SullivanCotter's  2013 Physician Compensation and Productivity Survey.

Build in cost discussion to manage high deductibles

Many patients newly insured under the Affordable Care Act carry policies with high deductibles, which brings upfront collections and price transparency issues center stage.

Patient-centered medical homes a 'work in progress'

The patient-centered medical home may not be as effective in improving quality care and lowering costs as hoped, according to a new study published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.