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Healthcare Reform

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

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Meaningful Use

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Meaningful Use | Guest Blog

At one time we were using our computers in a meaningful way for the benefit of our patients, but now we are being pressured to abandon the patients in order to qualify for “meaningful use.”

Supreme Court: Health Insurance Mandate Constitutional

Supreme Court: Health Insurance Mandate Constitutional | Medical Blog

The Supreme Court ruled today that the individual mandate requiring all Americans to obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is constitutional — what many described as the “heart” of the law.

In addition, insurance companies cannot discriminate against those with a pre-existing condition.…

68% of Physicians Unsatisfied with Affordable Care Act

68% of Physicians Unsatisfied with Affordable Care Act | Feature

The mean average grade the Affordable Care Act received by nearly 2,700 physicians in a recent survey was a "D."

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decline in access to medical care that may continue to spiral downward if President Obama’s healthcare law is repealed by Congress or overturned by the Supreme Court, according to a study released this week.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