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Today’s Rundown

  1. Physician leaders: 4 keys to MACRA success
  2. Texas psychiatrist latest person convicted in $158M Riverside Medicare fraud scheme
  3. Indiana University medical school uses virtual EHR to train residents in geriatric care
  4. Mount Sinai Health System forges new partnership to offer free legal services for its most vulnerable patients
  5. CBO details AHCA impact on marketplace premiums; industry calls on Senate to preserve ACA coverage gains

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Physician leaders: 4 keys to MACRA success

Thursday, May 25, 2017 MACRA is changing healthcare with a new payment system that rewards participating Medicare doctors for the quality of outcomes they demonstrate. The program will present challenges for physician practices, Anne Phelps, principal and U.S. healthcare regulatory leader at Deloitte, told FierceHealthcare.

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Texas psychiatrist latest person convicted in $158M Riverside Medicare fraud scheme

Thursday, May 25, 2017 A Houston-area psychiatrist is the latest person convicted for his role in a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme in which patients were admitted into intensive psychiatric programs. After a five-day trial, Riaz Mazcuri, 65, of Harris County, Texas, was convicted by a federal jury of one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and five counts of healthcare fraud, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.


Indiana University medical school uses virtual EHR to train residents in geriatric care

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 A virtual electronic health record (EHR) is helping medical residents at the Indiana University School of Medicine navigate the complexities of providing healthcare to geriatric patients.


Mount Sinai Health System forges new partnership to offer free legal services for its most vulnerable patients

Friday, May 19, 2017 Social factors often determine the health outcomes of patients, and more hospitals have made efforts to connect patients to necessary services, such as housing, food and transportation to medical appointments. But one New York health system is now addressing another unmet need for its most vulnerable and indigent patients: free legal services. Mount Sinai Health System recently launched the Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership, an independent nonprofit organization, to address unmet needs of their patients who live well below the poverty line.


CBO details AHCA impact on marketplace premiums; industry calls on Senate to preserve ACA coverage gains

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Though the Congressional Budget Office projects that millions could lose their insurance coverage under the American Health Care Act, Republican leaders are focusing on the good news in the report: deficit reductions and lower premiums. Meanwhile, industry groups say those potential positives don’t change their concerns about the costs of so many Americans losing their insurance.

News of Note

Some surgeons are posting procedures on social media. While useful in educating patients, one doctor warns about crossing an ethical line. KGUN9 report Female physicians get called “doctor" less often than their male colleagues, including when introduced at internal medicine grand rounds, said Julia Files, M.D., physician and associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale. Journal of Women’s Health study A study released this week found that the reason patients gave for wanting to end their lives using assisted suicide had more to do with psychological suffering than physical suffering. New England Journal of Medicine study

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