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Today’s Rundown

  1. Healthcare groups: Revised GOP healthcare bill ‘even worse’
  2. Doctors need to recognize ‘alarmingly high’ death rate for patients with opioid addiction
  3. Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy
  4. Industry Voices—Physician advisers play evolving, integral role in today’s hospitals

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Healthcare groups: Revised GOP healthcare bill ‘even worse’

Thursday, April 27, 2017 If they didn’t like a previous Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, leading groups that represent doctors, nurses and hospitals say a revised GOP healthcare bill is “even worse.” Leaders of those groups are urging Congress not to pass a revised bill that represents Republicans’ second attempt to repeal and replace the ACA.

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Doctors need to recognize ‘alarmingly high’ death rate for patients with opioid addiction

Friday, April 28, 2017 Patients with opioid use disorder who are treated in general healthcare settings have an “alarmingly high” death rate, a new study finds. Those patients are 10 times more likely to die than people without opioid addictions, according to a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy

Friday, April 28, 2017 From Stateline: A program designed to address the shortage of doctors in rural and poor urban areas could be in peril unless Congress acts.

Industry Voices—Physician advisers play evolving, integral role in today’s hospitals

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 The role of the local physician adviser went by the wayside for many years. But because of heightened quality-improvement measures, threatened reimbursements and the need for cost reductions, hospitals are again fostering the physician adviser role from within the organization and local healthcare community.

News of Note

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services put out a fact sheet with more information on scoring for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) improvement activities. Fact sheet (PDF) Two therapy dogs named Inky and Pocket are helping to relieve patient stress at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine’s medical office in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. Oakland Press article The American Academy of Family Physicians has penned a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma pressing to make MACRA easier for doctors. AAFP announcement As the nomination of Scott Gottlieb, M.D., President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Food and Drug Administration, moves to the full Senate, a survey showed 54% of physicians are concerned about Gottlieb’s conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry. MDLinx

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