The march toward socialized medicine progressed from a marathon to a sprint when the House of Representatives passed H.R.2, the fatefully named “Doc Fix” bill, with overwhelming bipartisan support, and the Senate approved it 92-8. The 8 Senators who did not vote for this bill deserve credit. Two, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, are running for President and deserve our support.
As groups professing to represent doctors, like the AMA (led by CEO Dr. James Madara who is a close pal and Chicago hospital board crony of Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett) and Doctors For America (formerly known as Doctors For Obama), “high-five,” I remain stunned that physician Congressmen and those who were elected on their pledge to repeal Obamacare supported this bill. Politicians sold out to specialty hospitals, IT, and other special interests.
That many of my colleagues naively embraced such transformative legislation without reading it and that…
Not everyone in the Osteopathic community is happy about this bill.
Your rah rah support without any mention of the potential negative consequences to independent private practice physicians is very disheartening.
What I have seen over the past 6 years is AOA acceptance of just about whatever govt takeover of healthcare that has come out of Washington. Instead of truly having an open debate on the merits and risks of bills, laws and regulations, is just the AOA following like a lapdog? Continue reading →
On March 26th, the march toward single-payer medicine progressed from a marathon to a sprint when the House of Representatives passed H.R.2, the fatefully named “Doc Fix” bill, with overwhelming bipartisan support.
The “Doc Fix” is Obamacare on steroids. I remain stunned that physician Congressmen and those who were elected on their pledge to repeal Obamacare supported this bill. Politicians sold out to specialty hospitals, IT, and other special interests.
That many of my colleagues naively embrace such transformative legislation without reading it and that groups professing to represent doctors, like the AMA, are effectively campaigning for its passage in the Senate is disturbing.
Truth is, the hyped SGR/Doc Fix is little more than a diversion to distract physicians from the meat of the bill that forever puts a stake in the heart of the patient-physician relationship. The SGR fix becomes irrelevant in short order when “Alternative Payment…
Please check these stories from Feb Modern Healthcare (links below). I think application of this information to the ABIM and ABMS would be a new and possibly very effective strategy. If a concierge firm can loose $8.5 million for essentially false advertisement-the ABMS “higher standards better care” is also false advertisement and THEY actively sell their certification based on “quality indicator” to patients and CONGRESS! Hundreds to Thousands of ABMS certified docs commit malpractice each year-not better medicine!
The second article indicates the FTC and the US Justice Department’s Antitrust Division should also be willing to investigate the ABMS for clear waste of funds as the same “Quality indicator” lie. The AAPS could stand to win MiIlions from a Qui Tam suit BECAUSE the FEDs PAID millions to doctors for nothing under the 4 years of PQRS-MOC and because it was now discontinued before the feds could introduce large penalties for NOT doing MOC, this was all a waste of federal Medicare dollars. I demonstrated per CMS FOI data the $1 million was spent in 2011 alone on MOC PQRS.
By one estimate, 14 million people are newly insured because of the Affordable Care Act. In addition millions of others have more generous insurance, promising new benefits. So you might expect that doctors’ offices would be flooded with a host of new patients seeking more care than they had before.
It’s not happening.
To avoid the effects of the 2008 financial crisis, the recession, and the slow recovery, John Graham compared the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with their survey from a decade ago. The result:
“The proportion of people of all ages with a ‘usual place to go for medical care’ was 87.8 percent last year, the same as it was in 2002-2003. Further, 5.7 percent reported that they failed to obtain needed medical care due to cost last year, the same as it was in 2003-2004.”
I was stunned when I received your TMA alert instructing Texas physicians to contact Senator Cruz and tell him to support H.R.2 using your talking points. Have you completely read H.R.2 yourself? Where did you get your talking points? Whose interests do you represent? How did you conclude you as the leader of TMA should back H.R.2?
Like you, I have long held Dr. Burgess in highest regard. His goal of repealing SGR is laudable, but the associated side effects of this proposed SGR cure are worse than the disease. H.R.2 was exposed to far too much outside contamination, whether that be from specialty hospitals, IT, or other special interests, such that the intended SGR fix becomes irrelevant in short order when the Alternative Payment Models ushered in by H.R.2 take effect. Secretary Burwell is targeting 85% of Medicare to be delivered by such models by 2018…