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Joseph Burns
Medicare payment advisory board in Congress’ crosshairs
IPAB was established in 2010 to cut Medicare spending if the program’s five-year growth rate rose faster than a target growth rate. Because IPAB could make those cuts without Congressional oversight, there is concern about how reductions in Medicare spending would affect its 57 million beneficiaries
New state laws let patients refuse opioid prescriptions
Four states have passed laws allowing patients to insert directives into their medical records saying they refuse their physicians’ prescriptions for opioids.
GOP Doctors Caucus: We’re watching MACRA
The 16-member caucus remain concerned about how the law could affect physicians.
Bill would give physicians lead on advanced illness care
Bill would give physicians lead on advanced illness care
Physicians, not the federal government, should decide what’s best for patients with advanced illnesses or who are close to death
Congress seeks to help patients overcome high deductibles
A new bill in Congress is designed to help overcome one of the most challenging barriers patients face when accessing care: the out-of-pocket cost.
GOP Doctors Caucus: We’ll fix MACRA if CMS won’t
As they analyze the 2,398-page final rule revamping Medicare reimbursement, Republican physician lawmakers say they will, if needed, intervene to improve the regulations for the nation’s physicians.
New or returning patient? Understanding the coding nuances
If we have a patient who is being seen by a physician for a problem that was already treated by another physician in the group, is the problem considered a “new” problem to the second provider?
EHR interoperability’s uncertain future
Exchanging information is vital for quality patient care in an era of technology-based medicine, but progress is lagging.
EHR vendors to D.C.: Onslaught of regulations hurting progress
The healthcare information technology (HIT) marketplace—not Congress—should solve the problems with technology to aid physicians, according to electronic health record (EHR) vendors.
Congress works to ease year-long Meaningful Use reporting
Physicians treating Medicare patients may get some relief this year from the reporting requirements under the Meaningful Use rules, thanks to a bill in both houses of Congress. But that relief is far from guaranteed.