May 23, 2024

Physician Pay Up; Docs Want Medicare Fix Physician pay increased by 5.9% in 2023 after dropping 2.4% in 2022. At the same time, physician groups were on Capitol Hill lobbying for a Medicare physician payment fix and more changes to prior authorization. Some indicated that it was hard to compete against hospital-owned docs because of higher payments. The independent docs want site-neutral payments implemented. Additional article: #physicians #rates #medicareadvantage #medicare #priorauthorization #siteneutral Numerous Layoffs Hitting Healthcare Numerous layoffs are hitting healthcare. In the health plan world there have been notable layoffs, including at United’s Optum. UPMC’s health system is laying off as is Walmart in its soon-to-be-shuttered healthcare division. Additional articles: and (Some articles may require a subscription.) #walmart #upmc #healthcare Express Scripts Embracing Independent Pharmacies In an effort to boost its image after bad press regarding pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), Express Scripts is entering

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