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Posts Tagged ‘ Medicaid ’

A Chance to Talk About Drug Prices is Slipping Away

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July 9, 2016

The new hepatitis C drugs are expensive. Harvoni costs $1000 per pill for a total of $84000 for treatment. It works well, clearing the virus in over 90% of cases, though the evidence-based medicine purists would still argue there’s no evidence that this improves any patient-oriented outcomes such cirrhosis and death....
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A Glimpse of a Bleak Future for Primary Care Access

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August 17, 2014

First, we are all so thankful that our family physician colleague Kent Brantly seems to be recovering from his Ebola infection. When his family left Liberia, they had to leave all of their possessions behind, which should have been burned by now. If you would like to donate to help him...
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CMS Billing Rules Subjugate Family Medicine – Incentives to Over-Test

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July 14, 2014

I’m continuing my series on the reasons there are so few family physicians in the U.S. and why the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a root cause of this deficit. My conclusions are based on recent research on the topic. This specific issue is a detail that actually...
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CMS Billing Rules Subjugate Family Medicine – Payment for Complexity and Time

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July 6, 2014

I’m continuing my series on the reasons there are so few family physicians in the U.S. and why the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a root cause of this deficit. My conclusions are based on recent research on the topic. If you hired an accountant to do your...
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CMS Billing Rules Subjugate Family Medicine – No Payment for Convenient Care

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June 23, 2014

I’m continuing my series on the reasons there are so few family physicians in the U.S. and why the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a root cause of this deficit. My conclusions are based on recent research on the topic. Have you ever wondered why doctors tell you...
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CMS Billing Rules Subjugate Family Medicine – Inadequate Payment for Complex Care

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June 16, 2014

I’m continuing my series on the reasons there are so few family physicians in the U.S. and why the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a root cause of this deficit. My conclusions are based on recent research on the topic. In my last post, I showed how the...
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CMS Billing Rules Subjugate Family Medicine – The AMA and Comprehensive Primary Care

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June 9, 2014

For the next several weeks, I’ll try to explain to non-physician readers why the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) billing rules create the horrid lack of primary care patients experience when they simply want to find a personal physician. My conclusions are based on recent research on the topic....
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More Media Sloppiness on Prevention

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May 6, 2012

The state of Oregon and the Obama administration just announced the approval of a federal waiver to allow innovation in the state’s Medicaid program. The feds agreed to chip in $1.9 billion over five years to get the program off the ground. The AP reporter covering this story wrote, “Gov. John...
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Don’t Blame the Politicians for the Budget Crisis – We Voted for Them

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July 30, 2011
Don’t Blame the Politicians for the Budget Crisis – We Voted for Them

As the August 2nd deadline approaches, many Americans are mad at Congress and/or the President for this game of budget brinksmanship. A few commentators have talked about healthcare costs being an important factor in the debt, but I don’t think they emphasize it enough. Let’s spend a few moments getting our...
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The Medicaid Mess

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March 10, 2011

I’m going to the interim session of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians this weekend. It’s always renewing for me to talk with my colleagues who are committed to caring for their patients in trying times, who come from big towns and small. I’m sure one of the big topics will...
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