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The comment period for the proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) has closed, with policy and payment updates drawing a typically mixed reaction from stakeholders within the industry.

One-sixth (17 percent) of physician practices responding to a Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) poll said they’re paying fees from 2 to 5 percent for receiving payments electronically—a practice the MGMA wants CMS to prohibit.

UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the U.S., is considering acquiring Banmedica, an insurer based in Chile, for an undisclosed amount.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) saw its credit rating downgraded by Moody’s Investor Service, along with maintaining a negative outlook on the system, citing its “accelerated expansion and high execution risk” with the acquisition of the seven-hospital PinnacleHealth System.

Sixty-three percent capitation would needed in order to make population health management, including team- and non-visit-based services, financially viable for a primary care practice.

 

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