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CMS Proposes Medicare Advantage Payment Cut of At Least 1.9 Percent
HealthLeaders Media
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing a Medicare Advantage pay cut of at least 1.9 percent despite urging from lawmakers and insurers to maintain current payment rates in 2015. The payment cut would affect Medicare Advantage health plans in 2015. "Preliminary estimate of the combined effect of the Medicare Advantage growth percentage and the fee-for-service growth percentage is estimated to be -1.9 percent," CMS said recently.
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10 Things to Ask Before Hiring a Company to Promote Your Website
EricWard.com
Some companies, especially those who make silly offers like "submit your site to 500 search engines for $19.95," are executing those submissions via automated scripts. This is extremely dangerous, and most search engines and directories dread them. Auto-submission services are dangerous, and all are NOT created equal. The company you are contracting with should disclose to you exactly how any submissions will be made. I've seen many auto submission services fail terribly in making listings.
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University of Illinois Doctors Under Scrutiny for Surgical Robot Ad
Chicago Tribune
When the makers of the da Vinci surgical robot asked University of Illinois doctors to appear in a national advertising campaign, their Chicago hospital saw an opportunity to promote its expertise with the device. But the plan backfired. Instead of gaining national publicity for being leaders in robotic surgery, the doctors and the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System are under scrutiny for endorsing a commercial product, a possible violation of policy.
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New ACA Insurance Causes Headaches in Some Doctors' Offices
NPR via Kaiser Health News
Sheila Lawless is the office manager at a small rheumatology practice in Wichita Falls, Texas, about two hours outside of Dallas. She makes sure everything in the office runs smoothly – scheduling patients, collecting payments, keeping the lights on. Recently she added another duty, incorporating the trickle of patients with insurance plans purchased on the new Affordable Care Act exchanges.
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Physician Entrepreneurs Are Reinventing Themselves
HealthLeaders Media
As more physicians leave private practice to join hospitals and health systems as part of the employed workforce, some in the industry are raising questions about the disappearing identity of physician entrepreneurs. If the definition of a physician entrepreneur is limited to a resident who opens a private practice, then it is easy (in some parts of the country) to say the days of physician entrepreneurs are drawing to a close.
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Kidney Cancer Reveals its Weak Link
Medical Xpress
A team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology has found that kidney cancer cells have a quite different metabolism than other types of malignancies. The findings pave the way for new methods of diagnosing kidney cancer at an early stage, a feat that had eluded researchers earlier, and thereby fresh approaches to treatment.
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Health Law Cybersecurity Challenges
The Seattle Times
As the Obama administration raced to meet its self-imposed deadline for online health insurance markets, security experts working for the government worried that state computer systems could become a back door for hackers. Documents provided to The Associated Press show that more than two-thirds of state systems that were supposed to tap into federal computers to verify sensitive personal information for coverage were initially rated as "high risk" for security problems.
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