Tag Archives: Lobbying

Would A Single Payer System Be Good For America?

Brian Klepper On Vox, the vivacious new topical news site, staffed in part by former writers at the Washington Post Wonk Blog, Sarah Kliff writes how Donald Berwick, MD, the recent former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the … Continue reading

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The RUC Is Bad Medicine: It Has To Go

Brian Klepper Posted 8/12/13 on Medscape Business of Medicine “One of the biggest mistakes we made … is that we took the RUC … back in 1992 and gave it to the AMA. … It’s incredibly political, and it’s just … Continue reading

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Hurtling Down the Road to Ruin

Brian Klepper and David C. Kibbe Posted 6/21/13 on Medscape Internal Medicine A recent New York Times article that focused on colonoscopies highlighted the questionable science, predatory unit pricing, and overutilization that characterize this procedure and much of US healthcare. Patients get routine … Continue reading

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Why Only Business Can Save America From Health Care

Brian Klepper Posted 3/24/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog For a large and growing number of us with meager or no coverage, health care is the ultimate “gotcha.” Events conspire, we receive care and then are on the … Continue reading

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Arriving at the Beginning

Brian Klepper Posted 11/12/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog The most striking aspect of the election was that it decisively clarified the philosophical preferences of most Americans. And because the outcome was largely determined by minorities, women, and the young, … Continue reading

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Primary Care’s Dilemma

Brian Klepper Posted 9/12/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog Early in the new documentary, Escape Fire, which provides detailed portraits of US health care’s craziness, we meet Erin Martin MD, a young primary care physician in The Dalles, OR, … Continue reading

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Who Will Speak For Physicians and Their Patients?

Brian Klepper Posted 8/29/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog Dr. George Lundberg has an important article on Medpage Today that deserves the thoughtful consideration of every American physician. He argues that the American Medical Association, a successful and representative organization for many … Continue reading

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The Game’s Not Over, and It May Not Even Be The Real Game

The rancor preceding and surrounding the Supreme Court decision is, to some degree, a reflection of our national dysfunction: our inability to have fact-based discussions and our unwillingness to directly confront dire problems that threaten the public interest. Continue reading

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Galvanizing Primary Care’s Power: A Call For A New Society

Brian Klepper Posted 6/25/12 on Medscape’s Care & Cost Blog The dream of reason did not take power into account – modern medicine is one of those extraordinary works of reason – but medicine is also a world of power. Paul Starr, The … Continue reading

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The Right Rx for Better Health Care: Rise Up to Challenge the Industry’s Lobbying Power

Brian Klepper and Shannon Brownlee Published 3/29/12 in the New York Daily News Obamacare had its days in the Supreme Court this week, and the justices’ decision could have sweeping consequences for the individual mandate provision in the Patient Protection … Continue reading

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How the Medical Device Industry Lobbies

Merrill Goozner Posted 2/29/12 on Public Citizen “I think it’s important for members (of Congress) to hear from industry.” So said Carrie Hartgen, a vice-president at AdvaMed, the medical device industry association, discussing another coordinated lobby effort before Congress. Her comment … Continue reading

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Connecting the Dots: How Anticompetitive Contracting Practices, Kickbacks, and Self-dealing by Hospital Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) Caused the U. S. Drug Shortage

Brian’s Note: This piece found its way to me yesterday and, with the author’s permission, I’m republishing it in its entirety. It is a very long but worthwhile read, mostly because it clarifies what we’re up against. Kudos to Ms. … Continue reading

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Why Only Non-Health Care Business Can Save America From The Health Care Industry

Brian Klepper The attached PP deck is a presentation I’ve given several times that has received an overwhelmingly positive, if frightened, reception. It is, perhaps, the most disturbing public argument of my career (which is going some), because it tries to … Continue reading

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Physician Dispensing in Florida – Can Money Buy Bad Policy?

Joe Paduda Posted 1/24/12 on Managed Care Matters One of the most powerful firms in the physician dispensing business is sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to elected officials in Florida. [sub req] The donations, to individual politicians and their affiliated organizations, … Continue reading

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Uwe on Premium Support and Vouchers

Matthew Holt Posted 12/24/11 on The Health Care Blog There’s a great post by Uwe Reinhardt on the NY Time Economix blog explaining the theoretical difference between premium support and voucher systems (and you thought they were the same thing!). Unfortunately it … Continue reading

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