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Will Anyone Listen When Former CMS Chiefs Call For More Objective Physician Payment?

Brian Klepper Posted 7/7/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost On May 10th, the US Senate Finance Committee, co-chaired by Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), convened a remarkable panel of four former Administrators of the Health Care Finance Administration … Continue reading

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Better Than Printing Money

Paul Levy Posted 12/22/11 on Not Running A Hospital John McDonough, one of the health care experts in Massachusetts, writes on his blog about the three-year renewal of the state’s Medicaid waiver.  John presents a history of the waiver and notes that … Continue reading

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Who Will Pay For the Doc Pay Fix?

Merrill Goozner Published 11/25/11 in the Fiscal Times Holiday cheer and bipartisan bonhomie are still possible on Capitol Hill. For evidence, one need only look at the so-called “doc fix,” where Congress every year overrides a previous effort at health … Continue reading

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MedPAC’s SGR Solution: Bad Medicine For A Chronic Problem

Jeff Goldsmith Posted 11/16/11 on The Health Affairs Blog Copyright ©2011 Health Affairs by Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.  The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is the closest thing Congress has to adult supervision on important health policy … Continue reading

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The 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule is Finalized

David Harlow Posted 11/7/11 on Health Blawg CMS issued the final MPFS — the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2012 – this past week. The key feature of the rule, for many folks, is the Sustainable Growth Rate-(SGR)-mandated 27.4% cut in Medicare professional … Continue reading

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Quick Medicare Factoids

Joe Paduda First posted 9/08/11 on Managed Care Matters There’s going to be a LOT coming out in the next two months about Medicare, so it may help to know a few things about the program to help put it in context. … Continue reading

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Physician Payment Reform: An Opportunity to Bolster Primary Care

James Rickert First posted 9/07/11 on The Health Affairs Blog Copyright ©2011 Health Affairs by Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.  With the Budget Control Act of 2011 now signed into law, health care lobbyists are preparing to fight … Continue reading

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Still Unresolved: How We Pay Physicians, And The Primary Care Crisis

Wednesday’s news that physicians had, yet again, dodged the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) pay cut bullet – if you access the AMA article linked to above, be sure to read to the end to see how this new cost will be … Continue reading

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