A Lawmaker and a Physician Congressman Michael Burgess, a Republican from Texas who was an OB/GYN before being elected to Congress, discusses healthcare reform and his unique perspective as a lawmaker and a physician.
Podcast Series: How Healthcare Reform Affects Your Practice In this two-part podcast series, Robert Bennett, a member of MGMA’s government affairs staff, explains what parts of the healthcare reform law are likely to affect medical practices, and Dave Gans, vice president of practice management resources at MGMA, details what practices can do now to get ready for reform.
Depending on what the Senate does in September, there is a slight chance Congress could act on the Medicare Market Acquisition Drug Price Act (H.R. 5167). Introduced by Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif) in July, the bill would change the way Medicare reimburses oncologists for the oncology drugs they purchase to administer to patients in the office. Even the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) agrees change in the reimbursement format is necessary. Nevertheless, Paul A. Bunn, Jr, MD, president... More »
Medicare’s proposed fee-schedule changes for calendar year 2003 would result in a 3% cut in average payments to oncologists. That reduction is due to an expected 4.4% negative "update" to all physician fees in 2003. The total relative value of the CPT codes used most often by oncologists will actually go up 1% in 2003 because of some positive changes Medicare wants to make in the "practice expense" portion of the relative value formula. However, that increase will not be nearly enough to offset... More »
The recent spate of favorable Medicare reimbursement decisions for PET may be at an end. The executive committee of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee voted unanimously April 16 to endorse a diagnostic imaging panel's earlier recommendation not to More »
Quebec-based CADx Medical Systems has signed a two-year agreement to provide the members of Healthcare Services of New England access to its Second Look computer-aided detection (CAD) system. This is the third such agreement struck by CADx in recent More »
Lower reimbursement portends little effectAs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) takes a second look at its proposed reduction in Medicare reimbursement for outpatient PET exams, manufacturers are weighing in on More »
Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La), the influential chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, made it clear at hearings in late September that he intends to pressure Medicare to cut reimbursements to oncologists for the chemotherapy agents More »
For years, proponents of digital mammography have focused on the inherent cost-effectiveness of digital mammography. But that may not be its best selling point. Increased efficiency and its effect on patient throughput could be the keys that open the More »