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Medicus Megabytes: Weekly Roundup, 10/2/15

Linking you to industry trends, tips, and news

In our latest edition of Medicus Megabytes, learn why you may have to start bringing your passport on assignments next year, as well as what you will need to consider regarding the two forthcoming program options for Medicare reimbursement.

  • In just over three years’ time, physicians and their practices will have to be enrolled in one of two options for Medicare reimbursement. In a recent Medical Economics article, Bob Doherty, senior vice president of government affairs and public policy for the American College of Physicians, clarifies what providers should know about the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and an alternative payment model (APM).
  • Last week, in hopes of creating a startup corporation to produce affordable generic drugs, a group of Johns Hopkins-trained physicians launched a crowdfunding campaign. “We are increasingly frustrated by outrageous increases in the prices of generic pharmaceuticals and artificial shortages of common drugs,” said founder Alexander Oshmyansky, MD, PhD, in a PR Newswire press release. “It is affecting the healthcare we can provide and endangering patient lives here in the U.S.”
  • The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has a new president. Juan Quintana, CRNA, DNP, MHS, a former regional director on the AANA’s board of directors, assumed his new role last month and is committed to optimizing the utilization of certified registered nurse anesthetists, as stated in a press release from his 49,000-member organization.

Have a great weekend!