LA Times: Insurers limiting doctors, hospitals in health insurance market

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  Major insurers have limited the number of doctors and hospitals available in California’s new health insurance market. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, for example, is available only on two lower-priced Health Net plans in the state-run market. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times) By Chad Terhune  The doctor can’t see you now. Consumers may hear that a … Continue reading

LA Times: Financial incentives prompt doctors to step up care for patients

Jose Quintanilla, puts his shirt back on after getting a pneumonia shot at the adult primary care clinic at San Francisco General, on Thursday June 28, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif., where 36% of the patients are uninsured and 28% are on Medicare. In a divided but stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the far-reaching law crafted by President Obama to extend health coverage to most uninsured Americans. The narrow 5-4 ruling was a victory for Obama but also will serve as a rallying issue for Republicans calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats in 2010. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

  Doctors paid more attention to their patients’ blood pressure and worked harder to adjust their medications when they were offered financial incentives, a study found. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)   By Karen Kaplan   How do you get doctors to do a better job of controlling their patients’ high blood pressure? Pay them, according … Continue reading

USA Today: Report: More doctors accepting Medicare patients

Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY1:08 p.m. EDT August 22, 2013 (Photo: Nati Harnik, AP) STORY HIGHLIGHTS More new physicians have entered the Medicare market Medicare and privately insured patients face access problems in some markets New Medicare payment plan has worried some physicians WASHINGTON — The number of physicians accepting new Medicare patients rose by one-third … Continue reading

California Healthline: More Doctors Are Quitting Medicare. Is Obamacare Really To Blame?

by Dan Diamond, California Healthline Contributing EditorWednesday, August 7, 2013   “Half of primary care physicians in survey would leave medicine … if they had an alternative.” — CNN, November 2008 “Doctors are increasingly leaving the Medicare program given its unpredictable funding.” — Forbes, January 2013 Doctors, it seems, love medicine so much … that they’re always threatening to … Continue reading

California Healthline: Number of Physicians Opting Out of Medicare Nearly Tripled

he number of physicians who have opted out of Medicare has nearly tripled since 2009, according to CMS, the Wall Street Journalreports. According to CMS, 9,539 physicians who previously had accepted Medicare opted out of the program in 2012, compared with 3,700 who opted out in 2009. Further, a similar study by the American Academy of … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Hospitals file ballot initiative to protect Medi-Cal pay

Kathy Robertson Senior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal The California Hospital Association filed a ballot initiative Thursday aimed at ensuring hospital funds intended to pay for care provided to Medi-Cal patients are not diverted by lawmakers for other purposes. About 800,000 signatures will be needed to qualify the measure for the November 2014 ballot. If approved … Continue reading

The Hill: Survey: Half of docs aren’t discussing ObamaCare with patients

Jose Quintanilla, puts his shirt back on after getting a pneumonia shot at the adult primary care clinic at San Francisco General, on Thursday June 28, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif., where 36% of the patients are uninsured and 28% are on Medicare. In a divided but stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the far-reaching law crafted by President Obama to extend health coverage to most uninsured Americans. The narrow 5-4 ruling was a victory for Obama but also will serve as a rallying issue for Republicans calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats in 2010. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

By Elise Viebeck – 07/02/13 12:07 PM ET    ObamaCare isn’t a consistent topic of discussion between doctors and patients, even as the law’s major provisions are set to take effect, according to a new consumer survey.  Half of patients with a regular doctor haven’t heard him or her talk about healthcare reform at appointments, according … Continue reading

SacBee: Doctors, hospitals, unions push to stop Medi-Cal cuts

By Annalise Mantz amantz@sacbee.com Published: Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013 – 7:54 am Thousands of doctors, nurses, unionized health care workers and Medi-Cal patients flocked to the Capitol on Tuesday to protest possible cuts to the Medi-Cal program. Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget calls for a 10 … Continue reading

Sac Bee: Loophole in health care law could stick doctors with tab

Benjamin Norman for The New York Times Patients at the Peekskill center, which may or may not get to keep a $4.5 million federal grant.

By Jim Sanders jsanders@sacbee.com Published: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013 – 12:00 am Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013 – 7:59 am A loophole in California’s upcoming health care overhaul could be exploited by families gaming the system or responding to hardship in a way that doctors say could leave a pile of unpaid bills. A chain … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Doctors and nurses among nearly 100 charged in $223 million Medicare fraud busts in 8 cities

By Associated Press, Published: May 14 WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 people, including 14 doctors and nurses, were charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that collectively billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges in a massive bust spanning eight cities, federal authorities said Tuesday. It was the latest in a string of similar … Continue reading

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