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MACRA and Accountable Care Organizations: Medicare Physician Payment Reform Issues for ACOs

The massive reforms to Medicare physician reimbursement mandated under Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) present many issues and opportunities for accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).  While moving Medicare Part B to a new merit-based system of physician and clinic payment, MACRA also encourages greater physician participation in ACOs, bundled payment arrangements, and...

Childhood Diseases in Adulthood: Health Risks of Inadequate Immunization

Childhood Diseases in Adulthood
Increased immunizations have reduced the rates of specific diseases associated with childhood. However, adults who are infected with the same viruses can experience dire consequences—and a vaccination in childhood may not guarantee immunity in middle age.  While the evidence supporting childhood vaccination and booster immunizations for adults is overwhelming, ignorance about the science of vaccination and the real-world risks of...

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