Missouri law creates new physician designation; Florida hospital drops legal challenge over new facility;

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> A new law in Missouri creates a separate assistant physician designation, allowing medical school graduates who have not passed their final credentialing exam to treat underserved patient populations, according to Medscape. Article

> Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida dropped its legal challenge to University of Florida Health Jacksonville's efforts to build a new hospital near Jacksonville International Airport, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal. Article

Payer News

> For value-based payment programs to succeed, insurers must provide incentives for providers that involve more than financial rewards. Article

Practice Management News

> Administrative tasks burden today's physicians more than ever before. Obtaining prior authorizations for tests and treatments from payers is one of the leading productivity zappers, an activity which the nation's physicians spend 868.4 million hours per year, according to a recent article from Medical Economics. Article

> Despite their central role in maintaining patients' overall health, primary care physicians have traditionally been on the low end of the pay scale compared to specialists. But programs driven by the Affordable Care Act have offered doctors the opportunity to up to double their pay if they keep patients healthy, MedCity News reported. Article

And Finally… They lost us at Oxford comma. Article