Post Tagged with: "health reform"
The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 law attempted to use the SGR to substitute medical inflation with general inflation adjustments to the Medicare physician fee schedule. Since the costs of CAT scans have risen faster than cat food, Congress periodically had to pass catch-up “fixes.”
The Population Health Blog is back home after attending the intellectually rewarding Population Health Colloquium and Medical Home Summit. It was great to reconnect with old colleagues and make new friends.
Kate Ackerman at iHealthBeat asked me to participate in her annual piece on Health IT past and future, 12 Experts Weigh In on Health IT Progress, Disappointment in 2014 & Hopes for 2015. Check out her roundup. Read them all. Agree or disagree. Most important of all: Work to make your own predictions come true. For those of you dying to know what I had to say…
The Accountable Care Organization regulations were first promulgated under authority of the ACA’s Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2011. Three years later, the regs are in the shop for a tune-up. Farzad Mostashari MD was one of the authors of the Brookings Institution ACO issue brief released in the spring, suggesting some changes to the program that would keep current ACOs engaged past the end of their three-year contract term, and improving the program overall.
So I ask again the question I keep asking about this issue: Will we not really do much of anything about this national crisis unless health care costs blow through 20% of GDP?
As attention has shifted to phantom IRS emails, misbehaving Iraqis and our newfound national awareness of soccer’s off-side rule, it’s only natural for the Population Health Blog to wonder about the status of health reform.
While it was inspired by the derring-do of super-spy Jack Bauer, the PHB couldn’t help itself, and combined some of lessons of 24’s TV drama to the conundrum of health care reform.