Many Americans paying less for Rx, but some having to deal with sharp rises in cost of specialty meds.
Obama's nominee, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will seek to burnish ACA's image amid mid-term election fray.
This marks the highest level of funds raised to date, but allocation not always aligned with need.
Tenure was marred by troubled introduction of Affordable Care Act.
Reduced use of medical care, early health care reforms may be easing financial worries.
In total, Medicare paid individual physicians nearly 64 billion in 2012.
Of the 25 societies evaluated, 60 percent had at least one service included because of higher costs.
Findings based on comparisons between newly eligible under ACA and pre-ACA enrollees.
Tiered networks combined with payment-based reforms can improve performance, authors say.
Resources help address physicians' financial risk during the ACA's 90-day premium grace period.
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