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I Am A Talking Head On The New Ken Burns Cancer Documentary — Not (3/27/2015) - I received the e-mail in May 2012. Would I be willing to be interviewed for an upcoming Ken Burns Public Broadcasting System (PBS) documentary based on the book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”? Um, yes. Like all other historians, I have always dreamed of being a talking head on a Ken […]
House Passes Boehner-Pelosi Medicare Deal in Resounding Vote (3/27/2015) - The House on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to repeal automatic payment cuts to doctors under Medicare, endorsing a rare bipartisan deal that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) negotiated with Democrats. The bill, which passed by a vote of 392-37, puts Congress on the precipice of ending a fight nearly two decades old over a formula known as […]
Senate Will Wait to Vote on Medicare Deal (3/27/2015) - Senators will wait until they return from a two-week recess to vote on a Medicare deal that passed the House on Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said senators will “move to it very quickly” once they return from the recess next month.
Good Riddance! House Votes Overwhelmingly to Permanently Repeal the #SGR and Strengthen Medicare (3/27/2015) - WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee members today spoke in support of H.R. 2 to permanently repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate, establish a fair and stable payment system for Medicare, protect seniors’ access to their doctors, begin to strengthen Medicare over the long term, and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program. H.R. […]
New Program Accelerates Move to Value-Based Care Payments (3/27/2015) - The White House and healthcare industry stakeholders on March 25 officially launched a new nationwide program to rapidly move away from fee-for-service payments and adopt value-based reimbursement methods. President Obama in January announced formation of the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network, and registration started in February. Since then, about 2,800 payers, providers, states, consumer […]
GAO Issues Report Documenting Medicare Overpayment to Cancer Hospitals (3/26/2015) - The report states that Medicare overpays the 11 Medicare prospective fee schedule exempt cancer hospitals — including Memorial Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson, and Dana-Farber — by almost $.5 billion annually.
SGR Replacement Would Push Docs Toward Value-Based Pay (3/26/2015) - Pretty much everyone agrees that scrapping Medicare’s sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors is a laudable goal. But if Congress can actually pass a permanent doc fix this week—and that prospect remains decidedly up in the air—what exactly would be put in its place?
Obama Ready to Sign Bipartisan Fix for Medicare Doctor Payments (3/26/2015) - (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he was ready to sign bipartisan legislation to change the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, while the U.S. Senate’s top Democrat appeared open to allowing a vote on the measure. Both developments signified growing support for a bipartisan effort to address a persistent problem and make small […]