PA specialty changes may ease doc shortage; GOP senators pitch ACA alternatives;

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> Medicare's plans to release physician payment data has aroused industry concern about negative ways the information may be used, iHealthBeat reported. Article

> Despite the Affordable Care Act's roll out, business is booming at free healthcare clinics, the Miami Herald reported. Article

Health Provider News

> New research showing physician assistants change specialties easily suggests these professionals could ease the doctor shortage, as they do not need any additional certification to switch specialties, FierceHealthcare reported. Article

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> Three Republican senators--Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)--released a legislative framework yesterday to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with alternative solutions to the healthcare crisis, FierceHealthPayer reported. Article

Health IT News

> Operational problems identified by Medicare accountable care organizations after their first full year in existence overwhelmingly involved the use and dissemination of data, FierceHealthIT reported. Article

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