Points of Consideration December 12, 2016 – World’s Greatest Healthplan

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Points of Consideration December 12, 2016 Contact: Emily Erb 202.225.2231 or Emily.Erb@mail.house.gov –  Amends the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by repealing the most onerous aspects o Repeals the individual mandate.o Repeals the employer mandate. –  Uses federal spending authorized by the ACA –  Uses pre-tax contributions to pay for premiums* o Employer-sponsored insurance pre-tax contributions remain the same. o –  Health Saving Accounts oo HSAs allow patients to play a more active and responsible role in managing their healthcare. –  Bureaucratic overreach This includes, but is not limited to IPAB, CMMI, and PPHF. –  Quality is determined by patient choiceo Free market principles will once again drive healthcare. o Allows for early January 2017 passage and implementation during the 2018 … Read More

TMA Offers Health System Reform List to House Leaders

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TMA Offers Health System Reform List to House Leaders In response to outreach from U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), and other House Republican leaders, TMA provided a list of nine health care policy suggestions for the next Congress to consider. The House leaders asked the nation’s governors and state insurance commissioners to submit suggestions for replacing the Accountable Care Act (ACA) and improving Medicaid. Our list includes ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid reforms that are consistent both with TMA policy and with the proposals already laid out by President-Elect Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Most of the flaws of the ACA — its errors both of commission and omission … Read More

the World’s Greatest Health Plan

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repeals the individual and employer mandates utilizes spending already authorized to provide tax credits so ALL americans can purchase the insurance of their choice and have money in an HSA that is theirs forever to spend as they choose. sunsets the bureaucratic nightmare IPAB – allows for a new minimal essential benefits plan that will open up all kinds of insurance  products that are more affordable (and valuable) to the average American.

Price Provisions–Quality Measures & Portal Reportcards

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One of my dermatology colleagues asked me to compare the Sessions-Cassidy Plan with Price’s HR 2300 “Empowering Patients First Act”. There is a 11 page section-by-section overview of the Price legislation. My major concerns are on page 10. Section 702 is entitled: Establishment of Performance-Based Quality Measures. Quality measures agreed upon by each physician specialty for Medicare are maintained. The positive side is that the specialties determine the measures. It is disturbing that this false premise that quality measures determine quality is further promulgated. Section 801 reads: State Transparency Plan Portal. This website is established to provide “standardized information on certified plans available in that state as well as price and quality information on health care providers (including hospitals and … Read More


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Dear President-Elect Trump: Congratulations on your election as President of the United States of America.   Your election has brought an optimism amongst physicians that is energizing and exciting.  We are all truly eager to work with you, your administration and Congress to reduce government size and to find the best means to assure that all Americans have access to truly affordable health care. Established in 2014, under the leadership of Marcy Zwelling-Aamot, MD ((FACEP-goes at the end)) and John Gill, MD and facilitated by Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), the National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy (NPCHCP) was created to be a national voice for the physician engaged in private practice. We are a multispecialty physician group representing a majority of states. … Read More

letter to CMS – Dr. Conway 12-2-16

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December 2, 2016 Dr. Patrick Conway, M.D. Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer Department of Health and Medicaid Services L 7500 Security Blvd L Windsor Mill, MD 21244-1849 Dear Patrick: We are writing to thank you for meeting with us today and memorialize our MIPS proposal and concerns surrounding big data. Most doctors agree that MACRA/MIPS is not in the best interest F of patients, or the greater physician community. It is expensive, intrusive, time consuming, and interferes with the sanctity of the patient-doctor relationship. Furthermore, it does nothing to enhance the quality of care we deliver, despite its intent. Big data is one of the most concerning consequences resulting from this regulation. The culture that … Read More

NPCHPC – CMS work together to exempt small / rural practices

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i’m thrilled to report that the national physicians’ council for healthcare policy has made great progress working with CMS on exemption. The following is a slide that is “our ask” – please see slides # 6 Exempting small and rural practices •200 or fewer unique Medicare patients OR •Less than $500,000 in MC payments per physicians* OR •*When considering costs and exemptions if it costs $50,000 per physician to setup system you need to receive the 5% bonus on $1,000,000 collection from Medicare. If maintenance is $20,000 then you have to collect $400,000 just to break even. •Practices with 10 or fewer physicians OR •Rural physicians** OR •** physician/population ratio < 100. As an aside, we believe that this might … Read More

Congressman Pete Sessions and Senator Bill Cassidy Co-sponsor the World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan

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Here is the link to the text of the bill Congressman Pete Sessions and Senator Bill Cassidy, MD release their bicameral free marketplace healthcare plan, this past week. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/5284/ This plan, “The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan” is an alternative to ObamaCare that empowers Americans to make their own healthcare decisions without discriminatory mandates and onerous regulations. The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan provides an affordable, predictable, competitive marketplace that will create a healthier society and a stronger economy. Congressman Sessions began the process in 2010 when he invited doctors to Dallas, Texas to discuss healthcare reform. The principles that arose out of that meeting created the National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy – a multi-specialty physician led group of the nation’s … Read More

MACRA: Health Care Transformation is Picking Up Speed

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A year and 11 days after President Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) into law, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first major regulation, setting forth the new rules under this game-changing law. MACRA has been a bit of a sleeper issue, and although many are just waking up to realize the groundbreaking plan it has set in motion, it has been years in the making. MACRA is poised to drive payment and delivery reform across the payer mix for the foreseeable future. It doesn’t do Washington’s annual “kick the can down the road” on the “doc fix” that simply maintains Medicare payments to all physicians under an outdated payment system. … Read More