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Verizon, WellPoint, CVS, Walgreens ally with former senators to push telehealth policy reform

February 12, 2014 12:02 pm by | 2 Comments

A cohort of big players in connected health is joining three former senators in pursuit of policy that supports broad use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring. Former U.S. Senate…


Wal-Mart exec who led health care expansion steps down

Wal-Mart exec who led health care expansion steps down

April 15, 2014 9:33 am by | 0 Comments

News emerged Monday in an internal staff memo that John Agwunobi would leave his post running the retailer’s health and wellness division. The Wall Street Journal: Executive Who Led Wal-Mart…


Cancer doctor glad that Medicare data dump is causing consumer outrage

Cancer doctor glad that Medicare data dump is causing consumer outrage

April 10, 2014 11:25 am by | 0 Comments

When Dr. Minh Nguyen got a phone call from a reporter telling him he’d been paid $11 million from Medicare in 2012, he was shocked.
“I didn’t make $11 million in 2012. I’d be ecstatic if I made $11 million. I’d be ecstatic if I made a million dollars i…



CMS Medicare data dump shows why transparency is only half the battle

CMS Medicare data dump shows why transparency is only half the battle

April 10, 2014 10:12 am by | 0 Comments

As transparency advocates are applauding CMS’s data dump, many doctors, it seems, are yielding lots of questioning phone calls. That could be both good and bad.


Medical Assn won’t stop Medicare doc data release

Medical Assn won’t stop Medicare doc data release

April 7, 2014 1:59 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s largest doctors’ group says it won’t try to block Medicare’s release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it remains opposed to such a move…


Decoding the high-stakes debate over Medicare Advantage cuts

Decoding the high-stakes debate over Medicare Advantage cuts

April 7, 2014 5:06 am by | 0 Comments

Health insurers often try to influence Washington through quiet persuasion in plush offices. To fight potential government cuts for private Medicare plans, however, they’ve hit the streets. The Obama administration…


Causes of the Crisis in Primary Care

Causes of the Crisis in Primary Care

April 2, 2014 3:54 pm by | 0 Comments

The Crisis in Primary Care –Part 2 Primary care physicians (PCPs) have too little time per patient which means too many referrals to specialists, too little time listening and thinking,…


Feds allocated $80M to Tenn. hospitals serving low-income patients

Feds allocated $80M to Tenn. hospitals serving low-income patients

April 2, 2014 6:40 am by | 0 Comments

A federal agency has approved a payment of $80 million for Tennessee hospitals serving low-income and uninsured patients. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ payment is divided among hospitals…



President Barack Obama gets bill giving docs temporary Medicare fix

President Barack Obama gets bill giving docs temporary Medicare fix

April 1, 2014 3:07 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress once again has given doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees. A 64-35…


The Meaning And Depth of the Primary Care Crisis

The Meaning And Depth of the Primary Care Crisis

March 31, 2014 12:39 pm by | 0 Comments

The Crisis in Primary Care – Part 1 of a Series The primary care physician (PCP) should be the backbone of the American healthcare system. But primary care is in…


Draft rules would help protect seniors when Medicare Advantage plans drop doctors

Draft rules would help protect seniors when Medicare Advantage plans drop doctors

March 24, 2014 5:01 am by | 0 Comments

Federal officials are considering new Medicare Advantage rules to help protect seniors when insurers make significant reductions to their networks of doctors and other health care providers. The proposals follow…


EHR adoption climbing, but is your state falling behind?

EHR adoption climbing, but is your state falling behind?

March 19, 2014 1:51 pm by | 2 Comments

The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is an annual nationally representative survey of patient visits to office-based physicians that collects…


Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe brings healthcare campaign to area’s poorest neighborhood

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe brings healthcare campaign to area’s poorest neighborhood

March 11, 2014 8:05 am by | 0 Comments

PORTSMOUTH — Gov. Terry McAuliffe took his campaign for coverage for poor Virginians to a Portsmouth hospital that serves some of the state’s lowest income neighborhoods, where staff fear for…


Rite Aid testing pilot healthcare program in New York

Rite Aid testing pilot healthcare program in New York

March 10, 2014 11:15 pm by | 0 Comments

In the near future, the corner drug store could become a more important link in the health care system, doing more than just doling out medications and administering the occasional…


CMS puts on hold key elements of contentious Medicare Part D rule

CMS puts on hold key elements of contentious Medicare Part D rule

March 10, 2014 12:57 pm by | 0 Comments

CMS put on hold the bulk of its controversial Part D proposed rule, telling lawmakers Monday morning that after hearing “numerous concerns about some elements of the proposal from members…


GOP pounces on MedPAC letter against opening preferred-pharmacy networks

GOP pounces on MedPAC letter against opening preferred-pharmacy networks

March 7, 2014 3:16 pm by | 0 Comments

House Ways & Means Republicans pounced on a letter from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in opposition to CMS’ proposal to open preferred-pharmacy networks to nonpreferred pharmacies, using MedPAC’s concerns…