March 23, 2012
On March 26, the Obama administration's health care reform package goes to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has scheduled an historic three days of arguments. The outcome could have an enormous impact on AHIP and its members.
March 23, 2012
With seven Democrats crossing the aisle, the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill to repeal a key component of the Affordable Care Act, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
March 22, 2012
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote today on whether to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an independent panel called for in the Affordable Care Act established to keep Medicare costs in check, if Congress doesn't have the political will to do it themselves.
March 20, 2012
As the director of a federal agency for healthcare research and quality, Carolyn Clancy, MD, leads the country in trying to find ways the healthcare system can improve in quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness.
March 19, 2012
The Republican presidential candidates are all calling for a repeal of the ACA, but it might not be so easy to make substantial changes to the health reform law.
March 12, 2012
Later this month, just as the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the 2010 health law, the House is expected to pass a measure that would repeal an advisory board created in the law to curb Medicare spending if it exceeds specific targets.
March 02, 2012
I am always pleased when I see healthcare leaders speaking up about needed changes.
March 01, 2012
Managing costs in today's industry has been put front and center. And although incentive funds have been helping organizations to implement health IT, easy tweaks and innovative tips are always welcome to help cut corners. Industry experts give use five simple ways to help manage the cost of health IT.
March 01, 2012
The House Energy and Commerce Health Committee yesterday voted 17 to 5 to approve a bill that repeals the hotly-debated Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
February 27, 2012
When lawmakers agreed to another postponement of the Medicare payment rate, physicians both breathed a sigh of relief and clenched their teeth in frustration. There had been so much optimism that this time Congress would repeal the sustainable growth rate formula. Now doctors are looking at continuing the fight instead of moving on to other issues, like payment reform.
February 21, 2012
The attorneys general from 12 states have filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to support the ACA.
February 20, 2012
Last Friday, lawmakers voted to postpone a 27.4 percent payment cut to doctors as part of its payroll tax cut package. The postponement of the pay cut provides temporary relief for doctors but increases the federal deficit and has angered those in the healthcare sectors paying for it.
February 09, 2012
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended in early January that Congress provide an update of 1.0 percent for fiscal year 2013 inpatient and outpatient hospital payments and reduce Medicare payment rates for non-emergent hospital visits to be the same as payments made for equivalent services delivered at doctor’s offices.
February 03, 2012
The American Medical Association (AMA) urges HHS to put the breaks on ICD-10, while the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) wants to stay the course.
January 30, 2012
Politicians commonly obscure facts about healthcare reform as they battle through election campaigns. Government Health IT Editor Tom Sullivan takes a close look at how these distortions affect Americans' views on reform.
January 27, 2012
The healthcare industry is making progress but is being held back by a broken political structure, said American College of Physicians leadership Thursday in a live web broadcast reviewing its State of the Nation's Health Care report.
January 25, 2012
Newt Gingrich has positioned himself as the “true conservative” in the Republican Presidential primary. And he trumpeted his support for the Medicare Part D drug benefit program, which was spearheaded by Republican majorities in Congress and signed by Republican President George W. Bush.
January 24, 2012
The American Medical Society sent Congress a letter yesterday urging lawmakers to use excess baseline budget projections for military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan to fix Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and avert a 27 percent cut to physician payments set to begin on March 1.
January 16, 2012
The state attorneys general of 10 states and the District of Columbia have filed an amicus brief supporting the constitutionality of the individual mandate.
January 13, 2012
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended Thursday that Congress reduce Medicare payment rates for nonemergent hospital visits to be the same as payments made for equivalent services delivered at doctor's offices.