Medicare paid almost 4,000 doctors and medical providers more than $1 million apiece in 2012, including seven who received more than $10 million. Eye doctors were among the highest compensated, including one Florida ophthalmologist who received $21 million.
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Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC, Britain’s biggest government-owned lender, reached an agreement to end the U.K. Treasury’s dividend access share, bringing the company a step closer to paying dividends.
Homeowners who can’t help checking their address on Internet property value trackers like Zillow’s “zestimate” likely weren’t happy with Stan Humphries, the real estate website’s chief economist, when house prices were plunging in recent years. An architect of the algorithm behind the “zestimate,” Humphries is probably more popular now that home prices on Zillow are rising again. 2013 was a very strong year for real estate across the country and even in the economically challenged Providence area, where Humphries was in town recently to network with local real estate agents who use or are looking at using Zillow’s data platform. more
Retail sales increased in March by the most since September 2012 as Americans bought more cars, clothing and garden supplies, helping the economy recover from a weather-depressed start to the year.
The negative outlook on the U.S.’s AAA credit-ranking was changed to stable by DBRS Inc. amid declining federal budget deficits and after Congress suspended the nation’s debt limit earlier this year until 2015.
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