A small number of doctors received at least $3 million each in Medicare payments in 2012, for a total of nearly $1.5 billion, according to an analysis of Medicare claims data released Wednesday by the White House. In total, Medicare paid individual physicians nearly $64 billion in 2012. The median payment was just over $30,000, the Associated Press reported.
Most services included in specialty medical societies' Top 5 lists for the Choosing Wisely campaign are based on evidence demonstrating equivalent but not superior benefit, with higher risk or higher costs compared to other options, according to a research letter published in the April 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The benefits of neonatal circumcision exceed any risks by at least 100 to one, according to a review published online April 4 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Initiating testosterone therapy in healthy older men substantially increases their risk of myocardial infarction, according to a cohort study published in PLOS One.
Persons newly eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not sicker than pre-ACA enrollees, according to research published online March 26 in Health Affairs.
Study results show that more than one-third of men with diabetes have low serum testosterone levels, and that risk of low testosterone increases with age.
Patients are less likely to select a new physician ranked in the bottom of a tiered network, but often don't switch if their current physician is ranked at the bottom, according to research published online March 11 in Health Services Research.
The American Medical Association has released resources to help doctors confront policy jumpers who may pose a financial risk to physicians during the Affordable Care Act's 90-day premium grace period, according to an article published March 25 in Medical Economics.
Incidence and remission of erectile dysfunction and low sexual desire in aging men are predicted by a range of modifiable risk factors, according to research published online Feb. 18 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Ciprofloxacin resistance may be tied to increased gonorrhea incidence, according to a report published in the April issue of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases.