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  • Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015
    By A.W. Gaffney, M.D. | In These Times
    These two very much intertwined problems — high healthcare costs and medical profiteering — have only become more pronounced. They are also the concerns of Steven Brill’s bestselling new book, "America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System."

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    By Ida Hellander, M.D.
    The bipartisan "Doc Fix" legislation (H.R. 1470) and proposed amendments will undermine traditional Medicare and advance the goal of its privatization.

  • Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015
    By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have worked out a deal, a permanent “doc fix” that would repeal automatic cuts in Medicare payments to physicians. Their bipartisan solution, if enacted, will plunge a stake into the heart of traditional Medicare, according to health policy expert Don McCanne, M.D., of Physicians for a National Health Program.

  • Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015
    Value rather than volume. Quality rather than quantity. Paying for performance. Reducing costs by eliminating wasteful services. Making providers accountable and rewarding them based on the value of their services. These concepts have become memes in the political and policy communities yet with very little in the health policy literature to confirm that these should be the driving principles behind health care financing reform, though there are quite a few studies that confirm that these concepts lead to mediocrity, at best.
  • Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015
    The decision of the U.S. Senate leadership to delay consideration of H.R. 2 (the SGR repeal bill) until after they take a two week recess provides us with an opportunity to join with others in demanding removal of two provisions that would be very harmful to our traditional Medicare program - means-tested premiums for Medicare Parts B and D, and imposing deductibles for beneficiaries of Medigap plans.
  • Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015
    H.R. 2 passed in the House today by a vote of 392 to 37. It goes to the Senate where it will be voted on tomorrow. But is this really about the “doc fix” - eliminating SGR? Speaker of the House John Boehner clarifies that for us. It’s about entitlement reform and H.R. 2 begins that process.