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Pharmacy stakeholders support controlled substances documentA coalition of stakeholder organizations – including the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) – released a consensus document on the "red flag" warning signs related to prescribing and dispensing controlled substance prescriptions.
AAFP asks CMS for clarification on missing RVUs in 2015 physician fee scheduleThe American Academy of Family Physicians is calling out the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for failing to provide details about several primary care codes in its 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.
SGR reform, Medicaid parity untouched by lawmakers in lame duck sessionMedical societies are dismayed that some of physicians’ top concerns were not addressed during Congress’ lame duck session.
Primary care gets a $20 million makeoverThe campaign will run advertisements nationwide, focusing on educating about the used of retail clinics and online services for primary care.
The future of family medicineThe healthcare landscape is shifting rapidly, and for family physicians, that change is placing increased importance on their role within the system.
More vets seek care with private physicians, but reimbursements below Medicare ratesVeterans can now be referred to non-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) primary care physicians (PCPs) to lessen wait times, but there might be pushback because reimbursement may be below standard Medicare rates.
Medicaid backlog creates payment hassles for physiciansThough 6 million new patients have enrolled for Medicaid coverage due to expansion of the program, media reports say that nearly half of those enrollment applications have yet to be processed.
Medicare physician data highlights primary care, subspecialty disparitiesMedicare’s release of thousands of physician pay records could expose fee-for-service models that reimburse subspecialists at a higher rate than primary care physicians.
SGR patch, ICD-10 delay passes House in a voice voteDespite staunch opposition from physician advocates, the bill, which was introduced on Wednesday, will move to the Senate in an effort to pass the legislation before the current SGR fix expires on March 31.
SGR’s $125 billion price tag remains significant hurdle, physician groups sayThe Sustainable Growth Rate replacement bill passing Congress today would guarantee .5% Medicare reimbursement increases for five years while new payment models are developed and phased in. But medical groups remain cautiously optimistic.