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Today’s Rundown

  1. Florida doctor convicted of Medicare fraud, focus now on senator accused of political corruption
  2. Concurrent surgeries may actually lead to better outcomes
  3. Massachusetts Medical Society approves supervised injection facility pilot program
  4. It’s hard to fit primary care into a quality reporting box

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Florida doctor convicted of Medicare fraud, focus now on senator accused of political corruption

Monday, May 1, 2017 A Florida ophthalmologist, who collected more money from Medicare than any other physician in the country in 2012, was found guilty Friday of up to $105 million in Medicare fraud. Now attention turns to a political corruption case, as the conviction increases the likelihood that federal prosecutors could pressure the doctor to testify against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez in an upcoming bribery trial.

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Concurrent surgeries may actually lead to better outcomes

Monday, May 1, 2017 While the practice of concurrent surgeries has come under fire in the last couple of years, a new study found that several outcomes were actually better in overlapping neurosurgeries. A large analysis of nearly 15,000 neurosurgical procedures showed that patient outcomes were no worse with concurrent surgeries and several outcomes were improved, according to findings presented at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons 2017 annual meeting in Los Angeles.


Massachusetts Medical Society approves supervised injection facility pilot program

Monday, May 1, 2017 To take on the state’s opioid abuse epidemic, the Massachusetts Medical Society overwhelmingly approved a potential supervised injection facility pilot at a recent meeting. The measure passed by a vote of 193 to 21, but despite that margin the choice wasn’t an easy one for the doctors.


It’s hard to fit primary care into a quality reporting box

Monday, May 1, 2017 As payers and regulators move to pay-for-performance systems, primary care practices are struggling to fit into a one-size-fits-all quality measures box, says one nurse practitioner. “Quality measure reporting has become an assembly line or game, producing widgets or check marks to create profits," said Tom G. Bartol, a family nurse practitioner at the Richmond Area Health Center in Richmond, Maine.

News of Note

Congressional leaders have come up with a bipartisan agreement that will keep the federal government open through the end of September. The deal includes a $2 billion boost to funding for the National Institutes of Health and averts cuts to Planned Parenthood. FierceHealthcare article A Florida woman was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing $131,702 over the course of five years from the family medical practice that had employed her for 17 years. The Ledger article The American Academy of Family Physicians has responded to the controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why," which tells the story of a teen who commits suicide, with a collection of free resources for family physicians that address depression, bullying, abusive relationships and suicide. AAFP blog post

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