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Regulators hit Idaho health system for not unwinding physician practice acquisition

State and federal regulators claim Idaho-based St. Luke's Health System is not complying with a federal court decision to unwind its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group, the state's largest physician practice, according to the  Idaho Statesman.

Pharmacists take on bigger role, authority in healthcare

Historically, pharmacists have taken a background role in the care process. But today pharmacists take on a more prominent role in healthcare to improve patient outcomes.

Experts: Medicare ACO final rule will help but doesn't go far enough

Several features of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule for accountable care organizations in its Medicare Shared Savings Program will encourage more providers to participate in the program, but the rule does not go far enough on risk assumption, healthcare experts wrote in a blog post for  Health Affairs.

Meaningful Use rules should focus more on how vendors protect patient data

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services begins to sort through the comments it's received on the proposed "flexibility" rule softening Stages 1 and 2 of Meaningful Use for...

Should physicians help families make end-of-life care decisions?

Should physicians help families make decisions about end-of-life care? Well, it depends on who you ask.

OIG: Physician payments must reflect fair market value

In its most recent in a series of warnings addressing physician issues, the Office of Inspector General released a new fraud alert this month regarding physician compensation arrangements that could violate anti-kickback regulations if payments do not reflect fair market value.

How often should patients follow up?

When physicians see patients in their office for a particular issue, how soon should patients come back for a follow-up visit? Arriving at such a time frame has more to do with the art than science of medicine, contends a recent commentary in the Washington Post, which also examines how cost factors into visit frequency.

AMA: Evaluate older docs

The American Medical Association has voted in favor of the creation of a process to screen and assess the competency of aging physicians', according to an announcement from last week's annual meeting. 

Telemedicine growing fastest in primary care

About 15 million people will receive healthcare via telemedicine this year, according to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). Although most of these virtual visits will take place between patients and specialists, the nonprofit ATA expects 450,000 of them to be for primary care.

Physician re-entry remains 'expensive and time-consuming'

Physicians' path to re-entry after a prolonged break from practicing hasn't gotten much smoother amid a growing workforce shortage in primary care, according to an article from Kaiser Health News.