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Jeff Bendix
Senate approves end to SGR
By a vote of 92-8, the U.S. Senate last night approved legislation ending the long-reviled formula for determining Medicare reimbursements. The vote came just hours before a 21% reimbursement cut would have gone into effect. The measure, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed three weeks ago, now goes to the president, who is expected to sign it.
Health insurance enrollment reaches four million in first month
Nearly 90% qualify for premium subsidies
Pharma Pricing Strategies: Prior authorizations, specialty pharmacies seen as solutions
Pharma Pricing Strategies: Prior authorizations, specialty pharmacies seen as solutions
Confronted with the escalating costs of specialty drugs, payers and PBMs have been employing a variety of strategies in an attempt to limit their financial exposure and improve patient outcomes.
Consumers unwilling to change behavior to lower care costs
While patients may complain about the rising cost of their healthcare, few of them appear willing to do much about it, according to a new survey.
Blues plan wins over members
Social media and personal calls patch rough relations.
Plans must capitalize on opportunity to polish reputation
Focus on exchanges gives plans an opening to repair their image among consumers.
Money-saving ideas can boost practice success
Ophthalmic practice administrators know that keeping physicians happy is crucial to the practice's overall success. And the best way to do that is by making sure their incomes are continually growing.
Demands: Striving for sense of balance in personal and professional lives
Ophthalmic practice administrators often find heavy demands on their time and attention and so, like many managers, risk losing sight of what's important in the rest of their lives. But while it isn't possible to avoid the stresses and strains that accompany the job, there are ways administrators can maintain or restore a sense of balance in their lives.
New administrators need to learn all aspects of ophthalmic practice
New administrators at an ophthalmic practice should start by learning every non-medical aspect of the practice, including finances, computer maintenance, patient satisfaction components, and staff requirements and rewards systems.
Make employees connect to your practice
An ophthalmic practice must create an environment in which employees are engaged with their work and are motivated to perform it well. Such an environment can be achieved by obtaining information about employee strengths, weaknesses, and goals and tying these to the practice goals.

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