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Medicare doc data reveals million-dollar earners

One doctor earned nearly $21 million in 2012 from Medicare, according to an Associated Press analysis of the physician payment database that the Obama administration made available to the public early Wednesday.

Mammo debate: Is it time to push the reset button?

Two opinion papers published this week in the  Annals of Internal Medicine  argue that it's time to start thinking differently about the issues associated with breast cancer and mammography screening, particularly with each side of the breast screening debate bringing up the same arguments based on data from old trials.

3 strategies to cut prevelant HAI infection

Hospitals should follow three strategies to reduce the risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), according to recommendations published in  Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Payers value patient needs in device coverage decisions

Limited data does not prevent payers from covering high-risk devices, concluded a new study commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Specialty drug use high among exchange enrollees

New enrollees who purchased coverage through state and federal marketplaces are more likely to use specialty medications, such as those used to treat HIV/AIDs and hepatitis C, than people enrolled in commercial health plans, Express Scripts research finds.

RAND: ACA may drive malpractice claims up 5%

The increased number of insured patients under the Affordable Care Act could result in an accompanying 5 percent rise in malpractice claims, according to a new RAND Corperation study. In turn, physicians could see their liability premiums go up as well.

WellPoint leads opposition to Calif. rate regulation

WellPoint and other California insurers have donated $13.4 million toward defeating a ballot initiative that would authorize California regulators to reject increases in premiums, Bloomberg reported.

OIG reverses course on referral arrangement involving EHR data exchange

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General has taken the rather unusual step of terminating an advisory opinion originally in favor of a data exchange arrangement created by an electronic health record vendor.

'Traditional' practice gets more diverse

Facing more competition from retail and urgent care centers than ever, doctors increasingly offer more diverse services not typically found in the traditional private practice, from cosmetic procedures to urgent care, according to an article from the  News-Star.

As Windows XP security updates cease, what's next for healthcare providers?

Microsoft, on Tuesday, ended Windows XP security patches, no longer offering end-user support for organizations using the operating system, and possibly leaving systems vulnerable to breaches and attacks. So what does this mean for health IT professionals who still have Windows XP systems installed at their organizations?