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More trained clinicians, research urged for mentally ill
Mental health professionals and other participants at a recent congressional forum said a dearth of trained physicians and the presence of too many regulatory barriers are some of the main factors preventing severely mentally ill children from getting the medical help they need. The March 5 bipartisan forum was convened by Rep. Tim Murphy (R, Pa.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee, to discuss what federal resources might be needed to prevent another incident such as the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The forum focused on severely mentally ill individuals who could be prone to violence but who often don’t receive the timely treatments available to those with other medical emergencies. “Why do we treat the head differently from the rest of the body?” asked Pete Earley, an author and the parent of a son with mental illness, during the forum. These disparities often mean that mentally ill patient [Read more]
IOM gives thumbs-down to Medicare regional value-based pay
Instituting a geographically based value index in Medicare that would change payment rates for physicians and other health professionals based on how much program spending is incurred by different regions could lead to serious adverse effects on the system, according to preliminary research by the Institute of Medicine. In 2009, Congress requested that the IOM investigate evidence of wide disparities in Medicare spending among different regions of the U.S. that appear to have little correlation to patients’ health outcomes — evidence that many experts say indicates wasteful program spending in some parts of the country. Lawmakers asked the IOM specifically to consider whether adopting a regional value index, which would alter pay rates based on a given region’s composite cost and quality measures, could help encourage higher-value care. In an interim report released by an IOM committee on March 25, the research organization said making such regional pay adjustments would no [Read more]
Medicare spending disparities not reflected in cancer survival rates
A study concluding that there was no clear association between the survival rates of advanced cancer patients and the amount that Medicare spent on their care suggests that more doctors should be looking to health care delivery models that focus on palliative, patient-centered care rather than aggressive interventions, health care observers said. “Improvements in outcomes for patients with advanced cancer have been limited,” stated the study, which was published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on March 12. New therapies for those with advanced cancer often are very expensive but extend the patient's life by only weeks or months. Other studies looking at regional differences in medical spending have not always found improved outcomes when spending is higher. To assess a possible correlation between medical spending and survival rates, Gabriel Brooks, MD, a medical oncology fellow with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and fellow researchers examined both [Read more]
Urgency intensifies on call to repeal Medicare SGR
Congress’ official Medicare advisers have joined the growing chorus of policy experts who say the program may never again be in as favorable a position to overhaul the formula that helps determine physician pay as it is now. The annual March report to Congress from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission renewed a proposed policy, first outlined in October 2011, to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and replace it with a decade of set annual payment updates for physicians. In testimony to the House Ways and Means health subcommittee on March 15, the day the newest report was issued, MedPAC Chair Glenn Hackbarth outlined what is at stake for lawmakers on the Medicare payment issue if they go another year without taking the commission’s advice. “The need to repeal the SGR is urgent,” Hackbarth said. “Deferring repeal of the SGR will not leave the Congress with a better set of choices, as the array of new payment models is unlikely to change, and SGR fatigue is i [Read more]
Medicaid nonexpansion states could leave millions uninsured
More than 5 million of the poorest individuals may not be able to obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, resulting in higher uncompensated care costs for health care systems, an analysis has concluded. Starting in 2014, states have the option of expanding eligibility for their Medicaid programs to 133% of poverty (an effective rate of 138% when certain income is discounted from consideration). In states that don't expand Medicaid, most individuals from 100% to 400% of poverty would be eligible to apply for federal premium tax credits to buy coverage from the health insurance exchange that will operate in their states. But for those below the poverty line, no subsidized insurance options may exist in non-expansion states. “In states that choose not to expand, there are some 5.3 million individuals who fall above their state's Medicaid eligibility level but below 100% of the federal poverty level and thus aren't eligible” for the federal exchange subsidies, acco [Read more]
Clinical integration model gets FTC green light
An advisory opinion by the Federal Trade Commission giving the go-ahead to an Oklahoma physician-hospital organization is an encouraging development to physicians looking to join clinical integration health care models, legal observers said. In a Feb. 13 opinion, the FTC's Bureau of Competition said it had no intention of challenging the proposed formation or operation of the Norman (Okla.) Physician Hospital Organization, a partnership between the Norman Regional Health System and the Norman Physicians Assn. FTC staff concluded the network's proposed activities, which include potential pricing agreements, “appear unlikely to unreasonably restrain trade.” The opinion is significant because it is the first FTC ruling about such a network since the enactment of the health system reform law, said Peter A. Pavarini, an Ohio attorney and president-elect of the American Health Lawyers Assn. PHOs are legal or informal organizations that in general form a bond between hospitals and t [Read more]
Primary care still waiting on ACA Medicaid pay raise
Primary care physicians who qualify for higher Medicaid payments under the Affordable Care Act might not see these rate increases as quickly as anticipated this year. The Medicaid program has had a long-standing reputation for paying doctors at rates far below what Medicare pays for the same services. The ACA aimed to address this problem by directing states to bump rates for primary care services provided by primary care doctors up to 100% of Medicare rates for calendar years 2013 and 2014. Because the final rule on the provision was issued in late 2012 with an effective date of Jan. 1, many family doctors were hoping to see an immediate boost in their claims payments. However, “there could be a lag of several months even from now” for the enhanced Medicaid rates to take effect, said Jeffrey Cain, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Some physician organizations are concerned that states are missing the opportunity to prop up primary care because they [Read more]
Early alarms sound online when illnesses go viral
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention waited for physicians and others to send data on influenza cases, it monitored Google Flu Trends, developed to determine the level of illness based on how often people used the company's search engine to search for flu-related topics. Lynette Brammer, MPH, an epidemiologist with the CDC's influenza division, said Google's flu data, which are supposed to be a real-time measure of flu, followed nearly the same trend as the CDC's figures, normally released one or two weeks after it gets reports on flu cases. Both numbers “went up and went down at the same times,” she said. The promise of Google Flu and other Internet resources, particularly social media sites such as Twitter or other online chatter, has some health experts saying that physicians can use the Web as an early-warning or just-in-time tracking system for outbreaks of not only the flu but also other diseases. By monitoring such sites, physicians could get a sense of [Read more]
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