Affordable Care Act

The challenges involved with the start of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s insurance exchange program are evident in the responses to an April 2014 survey by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Read More ›

The challenges involved with the start of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s insurance exchange program are evident in the responses to an April 2014 survey by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Read More ›

The challenges involved with the start of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s insurance exchange program are evident in the responses to an April 2014 survey by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Read More ›

As the clocked ticked down to midnight on March 31, many Americans rushed to enroll in health in­surance plans made available to them through the Afford­able Care Act (ACA). Ap­proxi­mately 4.2 million people had selected a Market-place plan as of March 1, 2014, less than half of the 8.8 million who have been deemed eligible, and 60% of the 7 million people the Congress­ional Budget Office projected for this timeframe. Read More ›

The Affordable Care Act and economic pressures have ushered in a new era in healthcare delivery based on quality improvements and cost control, formally known as the “accountable care era.” With change becoming an operative word in virtually every realm of the healthcare industry, providers in all specialties have been forced to make radical adjustments for the sake of survival. Very few specialties, including urology, have been left unscathed by the government’s (specifically by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS]) cuts to physician reimbursements and changes to payment systems and regulations. Based on the 2013 CMS fee schedules, urologists are facing a 2% reduction in reimbursement from Medicare. Federal pay cuts to radiology and pathology have amplified the threat to urologists by impacting revenues from patient care and from in-house ancillaries. Read More ›

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