Re: Comments on Final rule with comment period, Docket No. CMS-5517-FC, RIN 0938-AS69, Medicare Program; Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive Under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models, Federal Register, Volume Vol. 81, No. 214, Part II (Friday, November 4, 2016) The Association of American Physicians and […]
To great applause from the American Medical Association (AMA), Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), almost unanimously. It was hailed as the repeal of the notorious Clinton-Gingrich sustained growth rate (SGR) formula, which threatened large pay cuts for Medicare physicians every year. It was actually a “repeal and replace” […]
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.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Attention CMS-3321-NC PO Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244 November 16, 2015 To whom it may concern, The undersigned physician organizations write to comment on the Request for Information regarding implementation of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, Promotion of Alternative Payment Models, and Incentive Payments for Participation in Eligible Alternative […]
In celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare, its supporters are overlooking or denying the troublesome facts, writes cardiovascular surgeon Donald W. Miller, Jr., M.D., in the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Almost immediately after enactment of Medicare and Medicaid, spending on medical care began to escalate, from 5.2 percent of […]
By Richard Amerling, M.D. As I predicted back in March, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the administration in King v. Burwell. So I was not surprised by the decision, but that doesn’t mean I am not deeply disappointed. I am. Beyond the ramifications for the continuation of the abominable Obamacare, the obvious truth is […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. Parents are rebelling against Common Core and other standardized tests of their children, which are turning education into a teach-for-the-test treadmill (or else lose your funding). Physicians are also being subjected to a barrage of testing and “quality” measures, as if they were products […]
By an overwhelming bipartisan vote, Congress recently enacted a bill that will drastically change how physicians are paid. According to Richard Amerling, M.D., president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) brings into clear focus the destructive effect of Medicare. The draconian pay cuts called […]