The latest fad, a “free” smartphone app called Pokémon GO, has reportedly exceeded even Twitter and pornography in popularity. One hospital has banned it for employees because they were glued to their screens instead of interacting with patients.
by Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Republicans are at it again: trying to tweak a bad idea, make it “bipartisan,” and set a flawed system more firmly in concrete. What we really need is a Republican reform—one that can restore the Republic, along with medicine. Yes, ObamaCare needs to be repealed—every last syllable. But that’s […]
American physicians have already been declaring independence from Medicare, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), but the imposition of new payment methods may lead to a rush to imitate the British in exiting the regime of a remote, unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy.
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Farzad Mostashari, who spent two years leading the White House effort to implement electronic health records, has argued that Medicare’s new physician payment rule would be “financial suicide for small practices.” Later he said “I regret [saying that], a little bit. I don’t […]
By L.R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.N. Physicians who took the government’s incentive cash to adopt electronic health records are now subject to audits. All they had to do was sign the attestation that they were complying with meaningful use requirements and the “free” money flowed freely – a total of 20 BILLION DOLLARS since 2011. […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. As most Americans are finding out, Obamacare is a bad deal for them. This is not a flaw, but a feature. As Devon Herrick points out, Obama’s Robin Hood scheme is bad by design, a scheme to force the majority of Americans to pay […]
By Gerard J. Gianoli, M.D. – http://EarAndBalance.net Legend has it that in 1787 Grigory Potemkin erected a fake portable settlement along the banks of the Dnieper River in order to fool Empress Catherine II during her visit to the Crimea. At night it was then moved down river for their next stop the following morning. […]
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill. There is no question that opiate abuse – both legal and illegal is on the rise in all demographics. Congress introduced several laws last year and a rash of laws this year in response to the public awareness of the epidemic. The main […]
By Jane M Orient, M.D. There is one thing that supporters and detractors of Bernie Sanders might agree on: he seems to be honest about his convictions. He is an avowed socialist, instead of pretending to believe in a role for private insurance. Unlike Barack Obama, his answer to the question “Do you get to […]
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill. Other than the much-heralded but toothless repeal of the ACA, Congress hasn’t focused on health legislation. Since new laws generally add more regulations and rules, this is likely a good thing. Giving Seniors Choice for Their Medical Care This is a good first […]