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Meet Ed Garner, the only physician in 'the middle of nowhere'

October 2, 2019


For years, Ed Garner has been the only practicing physician for 11,000 square miles of Van Horn, Texas, where he sees patients day and night at the only hospital for more than 100 miles in either direction.

HHS reallocates Planned Parenthood funding to other Title X participants

October 2, 2019


The Trump administration has reallocated federal funding totaling $34 million that became available when Planned Parenthood and other providers exited the Title X program because of new restrictions regarding abortion.

What does it take be a 'good parent?' A pediatrician sheds light.

October 2, 2019


Today's parents often worry that they are not achieving the "idealized" style of intensive, hands-on parenting, but experts say that ideal is unrealistic, and even just a few minutes of stimulating activity can benefit children, Perri Klass, a pediatrician, writes in the New York Times' "The Checkup."

Hospitals question legality of CMS' price transparency proposal

October 1, 2019


CMS' public comment period for the 2020 Hospital Outpatient Perspective Payment System proposed rule ended last week, and the rule's more controversial proposals garnered hundreds of comments from hospital groups, insurers, and other industry stakeholders.

CMS' 2020 MPFS proposed rule draws more than 40,000 comments

October 1, 2019


CMS' public comment period for the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule ended last week, and the agency received more than 40,000 comments from hospital groups, insurers, and other industry stakeholders.

Do value-based payment programs work?

October 1, 2019


Medicare has increasingly emphasized value-based payment programs since the Affordable Care Act's enactment, but nearly a decade later, experts are still weighing whether these value-based initiatives work, health economist Austin Frakt writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

DOJ charges 35 individuals in $2B Medicare scam

October 1, 2019


The Department of Justice last week announced that it has brought charges against 35 individuals, including 10 medical professionals, for their alleged role in a Medicare scam involving dozens of telemedicine companies and genetic testing laboratories.

NYT op-ed: In the spending debate, hospitals get an undue pass

October 1, 2019


While politicians often blame drugmakers and insurers for high U.S. health care prices, "hospitals are by far the biggest cost in our $3.5 trillion health care system," Elizabeth Rosenthal, a physician and editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

The 150 'Best Places to Work,' according to Modern Healthcare

September 30, 2019


Modern Healthcare last week released its 2019 ranked list of the "Best Places to Work in Health Care," featuring hospitals, suppliers, and other organizations in the industry.

Insurers are testing bundled payment models for maternity care. Are OB-GYNs on board?

September 30, 2019


Payers are testing bundled payments in maternity care as a way to reduce costs and improve outcomes, and while some obstetricians say the accountability is overdue, others are worried that the payment mechanism exposes them to financial risk unfairly.

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