CMS to pay for chronic care management; Narrow networks cause concern;

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> As part of the 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule, officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized plans to begin paying physicians separately for some of the chronic care management work they do outside the office, Internal Medicine News reported. Article

> Healthcare alignment doesn't necessarily have to be among providers in the same field. Physicians and dentists have found that patients and their practices benefit through their partnership, MedPage Today reported. Article

Provider News

> Despite an increase in payments to primary care doctors in order to widen participation in the nation's vastly expanded Medicaid program, many are not grabbing the bait, causing concerns of a physician shortage, FierceHealthFinance reported. Article

Health Insurance News

> State officials are fighting back against insurers offering health plans with narrow networks, in some cases taking regulatory action as well as introducing legislation and even lawsuits, FierceHealthPayer reported. Article

Health IT News

> Secure messaging has the potential to improve medication reconciliation and workflow at primary care clinics--plus, it can get patient questions answered more efficiently, FierceHealthIT reported. Article

And Finally…Beware the grooves of this party. Article