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MedPAC, or the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, is an independent congressional agency established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. The Commission's 17 members...
On June 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would end the current federal ban on the funding of a national patient identification strategy. That action was applauded by senior advocacy leaders at the Ann Arbor,...
Bob Hall was recovering from yet another surgery in March 2014 when a volunteer walked into his hospital room. It had been a rocky recovery since his lung transplant three months earlier at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans...
Gov. Jay Inslee stopped by Washington State University Elson S. Floyd Medical School on Friday to celebrate the state’s continued investment and expansion of the program. Inslee said the medical school is a statewide asset, answering...
Amanda Bacon’s eating disorder was growing worse. She had lost 60% of her body weight and was consuming about 100 calories a day.   But that wasn’t sick enough for her Medicaid managed-care company to cover an inpatient treatment program...
While it is fascinating to think about “Medicare for All” (and one of us strongly favors it), it is unlikely that the United States will move quickly to fully publicly financed health insurance when Congress next considers health policy...
June 3, 2019 The Honorable Richard Shelby, Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriations Room S-128, The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Roy Blunt, Chairman Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and...
Health-care roles in America have been changing. Individuals pay approximately $1 trillion a year on health care and coverage costs out of pocket. Nearly 44 percent of privately insured adults have deductibles of $1,300 or more, yet many...
June 3, 2019 Submitted via www.regulations.gov Ms. Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244 RE: CMS–9115–P; Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Patient Protection and...
I’ll never forget a moment early in my PhD program when, in the midst of a class discussion, I brought up recently published studies showing that black women suffer from higher rates of infant mortality compared to white women, even when...
MGMA's findings are in line with other recent surveys. Medscape said physician pay was up 4% this year and has risen 20% since 2015.   "These compensation specifics allow medical practices to remain competitive and informed on the ever-...
June 3, 2019 Donald Rucker, MD National Coordinator Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Department of Health and Human Services Mary E. Switzer Building 330 C Street SW Washington, DC 20201 RE: RIN 0955-...
As our field converges on the nation’s capital for its annual gathering to present, debate, and learn about the changes in health care and health policy, the time is right to reflect on if and how this year’s conversations will be...
May 30, 2019 Submitted via [email protected] Mr. Adam Boehler Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244 Re: Geographic Population-Based Payment (PBP) Model Option Request for Information (...
Society gives short shrift to older age. This distinct phase of life doesn’t get the same attention that’s devoted to childhood. And the special characteristics of people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond are poorly understood.  ...
We have all heard it before: despite the United States’ excessive health care spending—almost 2.5 times higher per capita than in comparable countries—health outcomes are no better here than in other countries. Even worse, in 2011, the...
Community Statement on Medicare Coverage for Medically Necessary Oral and Dental Health Therapies   (The PCPCC joined the Community in 2019)   The undersigned organizations are proud to join in support of Medicare coverage for...
Decades ago, when a patient was too sick to go to the doctor’s office, the doctor made a house call. Though this practice seems old-fashioned now, most people would agree that the current system often leaves much to be desired. The...
In 1900, the average life expectancy in the United States was just 47.3 years. Today, it is 78.6, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many people will outstrip that average.   But is that advance really...
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) applauds Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Vermont Governor Phil Scott for signing into law legislation in their respective states that will enhance primary care services and payment...

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