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430 Groups Demand Congressional Action on Permanently Expanding Telehealth Flexibilities

July 27, 2021 - More than 400 advocacy groups are calling for Congress to act quickly to permanently expand flexibilities for telehealth that could go away after the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency expected to run through 2021. [ more ]


KEY METRICS FOR DOCS, HOSPITALS NEAR PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS

June 30, 2021 - Physician compensation and hospital volumes, revenues, and margins all saw strong gains in May, signaling that the healthcare sector may be returning to pre-pandemic levels, two reports Monday from consultants Kaufman Hall suggest. [ more ]


DuPage Medical Group inks deal with The South Bend Clinic to expand into Indiana

June 22, 2021 - DuPage Medical Group, the largest multispecialty physician group in Illinois, has inked a deal with The South Bend Clinic to expand into Indiana. The two organizations have signed a letter of intent to form a partnership that will "create a consistent and distinctive patient experience across both organizations," according to a spokesperson. [ more ]


New House and Senate Bill Aims to Tackle Primary Care Doctor Shortage

June 8, 2021 - Congress is considering new legislation aimed at boosting funding for medical education with a goal of tackling a shortage of primary care doctors in underserved areas. The Doctors of Community (DOC) Act introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday and expected to be released in the Senate next week would permanently authorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program that aims to train primary care medical and dental doctors. The legislation would increase annual funding for more than $500 million per year from 2024 through 2033. [ more ]


Despite a tough year, physician compensation remained steady

June 1, 2021 - Government relief, summer volume spikes kept primary physicians afloat in 2020: MGMA report.
Despite the pandemic, physician compensation remained steady in 2020, with a modest increase in compensation for primary care physicians and a slight increase for specialty physicians. [ more ]


Mitre proposes national strategy on digital health to 'level the playing field' for healthcare access, technology

May 18, 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the use of digital health tools and telehealth to expand access to care at a time when patients were encouraged to stay home and prevent the spread of the virus. "Digital health technologies such as telehealth certainly weren't invented during COVID-19, but their potential to deliver care was most certainly tested and proven," said Jay Schnitzer, M.D., chief medical and technology officer at Mitre Corporation, a national research and development center. [ more ]


Match Day 2021 largest on record: 6 notes

March 29, 2021 - This year's Match Day held March 19 was the largest on record, according to the National Resident Matching Program, which operates the residency program application system. [ more ]


Senate narrowly passes COVID-19 package that includes ACA subsidy boost, rural hospital money

March 8, 2021 - The Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes new funding for rural hospitals but not as much as hospital groups have asked for. [ more ]


COVID-19 is exacerbating physician retention and burnout. Here are some tips to address it

February 25, 2021 - COVID-19's impact on front-line healthcare staff will unfold for years to come, but it appears to have already had an effect on physicians' career plans, according to a new survey.  A surprisingly large percentage are considering leaving the practice of medicine entirely, planning to retire early, or leaving to work for another employer, based on a survey of 485 physicians and administrators by Jackson Physician Search. [ more ]


1 in 5 primary care doctors currently administering COVID-19 vaccines: Survey

February 16, 2021 - Nearly a third of primary care doctors still have no idea when or whether their practice will get the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to patients, according to a new survey.  So far, primary care has been a largely untapped resource in the vaccine rollout, with 32% of doctors saying they have not been included in any state or regional distribution planning. [ more ]





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