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A new survey from Merritt Hawkins shows that while more physicians are joining practices owned by hospitals, nearly half of physicians believe the increase in health system–owned practices is a negative trend for the industry.


Physicians are showing more of an interest in digital health technologies, but they are still on the fence when it comes to actually adopting things like telemedicine and remote patient monitoring as part of their practice.


The release of the final rules for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) in October drew a range of responses from physician groups and health policy experts who weighed in on the potential impact of the law’s proposed reforms.


With Senate Bill (SB) 1148 now in effect in Oklahoma, the state has become a testing ground for the first state law to prohibit hospitals and insurers from making compliance with maintenance of certification (MOC) programs a condition for hospital privileges or reimbursement.


At least two U.S. states are considering laws that would modify Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for physicians and prohibit hospitals and insurers from making them a condition of hospital privileges or reimbursement, following the lead of a law in Oklahoma that went into effect in November 2016.


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