Healthcare News November 21, 2012

  • Study: US faces shortage of 52,000 doctors by 2025

    The United States will need about 52,000 new primary-care doctors as the population grows and ages, according to a new study.

    Research published in the Annals of Family Medicine estimated that most of the doctor shortage will be caused by the rising U.S. population.

    Aging adults and the expansion of healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act will contribute to a lesser extent, the study found. 

  • Nursing homes tout quality improvement, blast sequester

    The lead advocacy group for nursing homes touted high customer satisfaction in its annual survey, released Tuesday, and cautioned that automatic federal spending cuts could hamper the industry.

    The American Health Care Association (AHCA) found that short-stay patients’ satisfaction reached 87 percent in 2012 as staff turnover decreased and individuals received more time with nurses.

    The group has been pushing Congress to stop the sequester’s looming cuts to Medicare, which AHCA President Mark Parkinson said could “undo this progress.” 

  • CBO: ‘Doc fix’ costs rise to $25 billion

    A one-year “doc fix” has gotten nearly $7 billion more expensive, according to new estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, obtained by The Hill.

    Doctors are scheduled to see a 26.5 percent drop in their Medicare payments at the end of the year unless Congress steps in to delay the cut, as it does every year.

    Delaying the cut and freezing doctors’ payments for one year would cost $25 billion, according to CBO’s latest estimates — up from $18.5 billion in its last projection.

  • HHS releases rules requiring pre-existing conditions coverage

    The rules represent one of the first steps taken to implement the healthcare law’s most popular and expensive provisions.

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