Tag Archives: health care reform

National Commission on Payment Reform Recommends 5 Year Transition Model

The Society of General Internal Medicine convened the National Commission on Payment Reform to formulate a recommendation for healthcare payment reform. This Commission released its Report in March 2013. Although we have attached the report, here are the 12 fundamental recommendations. 1.         Over time, payers should largely eliminate stand-alone fee-for-service payment to medical practices because of its … Continue Reading


  Although the ink is barely dry on the proposed regulations for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), there are already harbingers that ACOs may not be the Health Care Reform savior they were intended to be. First, a study by the American Hospital Association states that the estimate initially made by CMS for the cost of … Continue Reading

Searching the Health Care Reform Bills

Both the Senate and the House versions of the health care reform bills are 2,000 page unindexed monstrosities, making it extremely difficult to locate provisions of interest. The Sunday, January 10, 2010 edition of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, reports that a retired business professor, Doug Lowry, has written a program allowing searches of the Senate and … Continue Reading

New Year’s Predictions for Health Care

December is always a timely month for making New Year’s predictions, but especially so for health care, given the national debate on health care reform. A recent article by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) contained five health care predictions, which not surprisingly form the core of the various health care reform proposals: 1.   Health … Continue Reading

Healthcare Reform: Physician Transparency and Disclosure

At this point, there are three comprehensive healthcare reform bills passed by key United States Congressional Committees, i.e. the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and a consortium of House committees, referred to as the House Tri-Committee, consisting of the Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and … Continue Reading