Healthcare Reform

News and opinion articles related to healthcare reform laws and initiatives, including technological, political and institutional implications.

Health Reform Reverses Drop in Medical Access, Study Says

Health Reform Reverses Drop in Medical Access, Study Says | Medical Blog

Most Americans have experienced a decade-long decline in access to medical care that may continue to spiral downward if President Obama’s healthcare law is repealed by Congress or overturned by the Supreme Court, according to a study released this week.

Published in this month’s issue of Health Affairs, the study found that access to care for Americans aged 19 to 64 significantly deteriorated between 2000 and 2010 – even among patients with private health insurance.…

The Income Divide in Healthcare | News Brief

A survey of American adults indicates that 57% of those living in families that earn less than 133% of the federal poverty level were uninsured at some point in 2011. Just 12% of those living at 400% of the poverty level were uninsured during the year.…

Young Docs Pessimistic About the Future

Young Docs Pessimistic About the Future | Medical Blog

A new survey by The Physicians Foundation found that 57% of physicians age 40 and younger are pessimistic about the future of the U.S. healthcare system. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was cited as the leading source of their pessimism, as well as concerns over increased regulatory burdens and medical liability insurance premiums.…

Report Predicts Top 4 EHR Vendors | Medical Blog

A new report released by IDC Health Insights names four EHR vendors as likely market leaders in the future. The market is expected to move from less than 25% adoption in 2009 to more than 80% adoption by 2016, primarily due to regulatory stipulations and government incentives.…

Medicare Will Cover Heart Disease Counseling

Medicare Will Cover Heart Disease Counseling | Medical Blog

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will now cover the cost of one office visit per year for Medicare patients in an effort to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD).…

MedPAC Supports SGR Pay Formula Repeal

MedPAC Supports SGR Pay Formula Repeal | Medical Blog

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has officially endorsed the repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which determines physician payments from Medicare, in hopes of replacing it with a 10-year fixed rate for primary care physicians and cuts in payments to specialists.…

Rejection of Medicare & Private Coverage "Overstated"

Rejection of Medicare & Private Coverage "Overstated" | Medical Blog

Several recent news articles from the media have discussed a drop in the number of physicians who accept patients with Medicare. However, recent trends in acceptance of various insurance types have not been examined, according to an analysis published in the June 27, 2011 Archives of Internal Medicine.…

New Affordable Healthcare Act Rule Targets Red Tape

New Affordable Healthcare Act Rule Targets Red Tape | Medical Blog

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released for comment the first in a series of proposed new operating rules aimed at standardizing and improving electronic healthcare transactions. The rules will reportedly cut red tape in the healthcare system and eliminate inefficiencies in manual processes, saving an estimated $12 billion over the next 10 years.…

Massachusetts Healthcare Reform Law Gains Support | Medical Blog

The Massachusetts health reform law—the principal piece of which is the requirement for all state residents to have health insurance—has acted as a guinea pig for the rest of country, but a new report shows that it has gained support in the last 2 years.…

Physicians’ Salaries a Drop in the Healthcare Bucket | Medical Blog

Based on a compilation of data from the AMA, CMS, and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), Jackson Healthcare—a healthcare staffing and technology company—has found that physician compensation accounts for only about 8% of total annual healthcare costs in the United States.…