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MGMA Week in Review: Breach Notifications, Primary Care Compensation, and Medical Debt Impact

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This episode of the MGMA Weekend Review Podcast is hosted by Daniel Williams and Colleen Luckett. Key topics include HHS reversing course on breach notifications, primary care physician compensation, bipartisan support for healthcare reform, the impact of medical debt, and improving obesity treatment training.

Major Takeaways:
- HHS will now allow Change Healthcare to file breach notifications for organizations affected by the February ransomware attack. This provides relief for impacted groups.
- The AMA payment system favors specialists over primary care doctors, leading to a shortage. Improving primary care compensation could improve outcomes and lower costs. 
- Rare bipartisan support for site neutral payments to address healthcare consolidation and rising costs.
- Medical debt takes a significant toll on patient health through financial stress and avoidance of care. Efforts are needed to reduce costs and debt burdens.
- Improper prescribing of weight loss drugs without training can harm patients. More obesity treatment training is required as drug approvals increase.

Direct Quotes:
"Financial toxicity is a real and growing concern in healthcare. It's crucial that we address the underlying issues driving medical debt to improve patient outcome." - Dr. Ron Robert Ziegler

Sources:
- The Record - "HHS reverses course allows change healthcare to file breach notifications for others"
- MedPage Today - "Second opinions how the AMA undermines primary care"
- Fierce Healthcare - "Site neutral payments draw blanket bipartisan support at House budget hearing"
- Physicians Practice - "Is medical debt making patients sicker?"
- Axios - "America's Doctors need more obesity medicine training"

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MGMA Week in Review: Breach Notifications, Primary Care Compensation, and Medical Debt Impact
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