Three top criticisms against CMS’ overall hospital star ratingsStakeholders say CMS’ hospital overall star ratings are biased and can unfairly damage the reputations of good hospitals.
Medicare to cut payments to physicians, while medical schools get boost in Obama’s 2015 budgetPresident Barack Obama is including increased funding toward medical school programs for internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine in his 2015 budget proposal. But Medicare plans to cut payments to practicing physicians.
Patients open to greater role for physician assistants & nurse practitioners, survey findsSome policy analysts have suggested expanding the roles of physician assistants and nurse practitioners as one potential way to help alleviate some of the burden on physicians, and a new study published in Health Affairs shows that consumers are open to that idea.
Medical groups urge preservation of funds for educationMore than 40 speciality physician groups have joined the Association of American Medical Colleges in an advertising campaign urging Congress to fight cuts to federal funding that supports doctor training at America’s teaching hospitals.