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High billing codes require scrutiny

Level 4 and 5 evaluation and management codes may be justified, but electronic templates could cause upcoding that draws insurer attention.

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FTC, AG shut down ND merger

Sanford Health and Mid Dakota Clinic were planning to join forces, but regulators say it would be anticompetitive.

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Discussion can convince vaccine doubters

Physicians can build trust with parents by discussing their concerns.

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Provider groups oppose Senate health bill

The day after the unveiling of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, many physician advocacy groups come out strongly against it.

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Is Zika still a threat?

Zika-spreading mosquitoes found in more US counties than anticipated

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MACRA reporting eased in proposal

Physician advocates welcome tweaks in draft final rule that would make the first year of reporting a little easier.

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Can I get a "gentle" cesarean?

New trend in birthing on the rise among clinics.

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Senate health bill includes cuts to Medicaid

New system of tax credits would help people buy insurance.

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AMA campaign aimed at easy MIPS compliance

"One patient, one measure, no penalty" campaign meant to simplify the first year of reporting in Medicare's new quality reporting system.

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PCPs: fickle millennials may move on

Survey finds younger patients much more willing to leave a primary care provider.

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CMS proposal exempts more small practices from MACRA

Practices with under $90,000 in Medicare revenue or fewer than 200 Medicare patients annually would be exempt.

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American Medical Association delegates push for MOC credit

Board-certified physicians should get credit for participating in quality improvement and patient safety programs, resolution says.

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Life with spina bifida gives surgeon unique perspective

Houston pediatric surgeon Mary Austin repairs defect in utero, but rarely shares how it has affected her own life.

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Twitter: top 10 PCPs to follow

Medical Economics offers a list of primary care physicians with tweets worth tracking.

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