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News by Topic: Physicians

Feb 12, 2024 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical and typographical corrections to the November 16, 2023, final rule. This notice is effective February 12, 2024, and is applicable January 1, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 8, 2024 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) aiming to improve the electronic exchange of healthcare data and streamline processes related to prior authorization through new requirements for Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations, state Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) programs, state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) FFS programs, Medicaid managed care plans, CHIP managed care entities, and Qualified Health Plan issuers on the Federally-facilitated Exchanges. This final rule will also add new measures for eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to report under the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program and for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians to report under the MIPS Promoting Interoperability performance category. These regulations are effective April 8, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 5, 2024 - Highlights a partnership between a North Carolina university and healthcare network to offer a residency program with a rural track. Discusses evidence that residents that train in rural areas are more likely to practice in rural areas.
Source: Campbell University News
Jan 30, 2024 - Profiles the Leadership in Rural Medicine Program, a rural training program for physicians in Michigan. Discusses the importance of community engagement, workforce shortages, and more recent programs also aiming to address physician shortages.
Source: The 'Gander
Jan 27, 2024 - Highlights the East Tennessee State University Department of Family Medicine's efforts to send residents into rural areas in an attempt to address predicted primary care shortages in rural areas.
Source: Citizen Tribune
Jan 18, 2024 - Highlights programs at the University of Utah Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine to address physician shortages in rural, tribal, and other underserved communities.
Source: Good Notes
Jan 18, 2024 - Highlights the healthcare access challenges in the rural Alabama Black Belt, focusing on the lack of providers in the region and transportation issues faced by the residents. Notes that specialty care in particular may be difficult for rural residents to access.
Source: Alabama Reflector
Jan 12, 2024 - Discusses the shortage of physicians in rural Minnesota and highlights the success of a Wisconsin medical school that is serving as a model for addressing the shortage in Minnesota. Highlights the challenges with accessing healthcare in rural areas, noting that the aging population impacts both the health of the population and the sustainability of the workforce. Discusses community engagement and residency availability.
Source: MinnPost
Jan 10, 2024 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the 2024 meetings of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which will include discussion and voting on proposals for physician-focused payment models (PFPMs). The 2024 meeting dates are: March 25-26, June 10-11, September 16-17, and December 2-3.
Source: Federal Register