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- Note proposals in Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
In the past, outpatient facilities only worried about the OPPS proposed rule, inpatient facilities were concerned solely with the IPPS proposed rule, and physician practices focused on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule. Over the past few years, we’ve seen that changing somewhat as CMS proposes changes in one rule that can impact other settings and vice versa. For example, the 2014 MFPS proposed rule contains several proposed changes that tie back to the OPPS rule and/or changes that could have long-term implications on the physician and/or hospital setting, according to Jugna Shah, MPH, president and founder of Nimitt Consulting.
- The lowest wages for saving lives
Residents at Kern Medical Center in Kern County, Calif., are some of the lowest paid in the country and they’re protesting stalled contract negotiations. Click on the headline to find out how much Kern Medical Center residents earn.
- NRMP names new president and board members
The National Resident Matching Program announced new leadership this week. Click on the headline to find out who’s taking the helm and what it means for the Match.
- Residents say cause of death reporting often inaccurate
Residents complete death certificates at most teaching hospitals. Click on the headline to find out why many New York City residents say they aren’t recording the right cause of death.
- Reduced work hours may increase errors among residents
New research may support what medical educators have feared – that the ACGME’s recent work hour reductions may increase actually increase errors.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University studied the effect of reduced work hours in residents and published their findings in the JAMA Internal Medicine online edition this week.
- Physicians hold group appointments to see more patients
Some physicians are turning to group appointments—seeing groups of patients with the same the medical condition at the same time—in response to limited resources, the Washington Post. The Family Physicians Foundation in Jacksonville, FL, even trains residents and physicians how to conduct group appointments for the diabetes patients.