ACO Improvement Act aims to reduce barriers to better care
A bill with bipartisan support in Congress would not only change how Medicare assigns patients to physicians in accountable care organizations (ACOs), but also help patients afford their care and foster use of telemedicine.
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
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 looking at ambitious 2016
Last year, U.S. representatives Phil Roe, MD, (R-Tennessee) and John C. Fleming, MD, (R-Louisiana) learned an important lesson about the power of the GOP Doctors Caucus to affect legislation.
MIPS: The ‘death knell’ for small practices?
Robert A. Berenson, MD, of the Urban Institute says CMS’value-based performance measures are ‘PQRS on steroids’
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