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Medicare trustee says health reform law will add to debt

A Medicare trustee who was an economic adviser in the George W. Bush administration has warned that the health system reform law could add between $340 billion and $530 billion in federal deficits during the next decade. The fiscal impact of the reform law that will expand insurance coverage to tens of millions of Americans has not been understood completely, said Charles Blahous, PhD, in a research paper published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a think tank that promotes free-market policy ideas. Overall, federal spending will increase by more than $1.1 trillion from 2012-21 because of the law enacted in 2010. “Relative to prior law, the [reform law] would increase an already unsustainable federal commitment to health care spending, exacerbate projected federal deficits and thus considerably worsen the federal fiscal outlook,” said Blahous, a senior fellow at the Mercatus Center. Previous analyses of the law had predicted that health reforms would exte ...

IRS health reform money gets GOP’s attention

Republican Reps. Dave Camp and Charles Boustany Jr., MD, are pushing the Internal Revenue Service for more information about how much money the Obama administration might be diverting to the agency to aid the implementation of the health system reform law. Camp, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, and Dr. Boustany, who chairs its oversight subcommittee, sent an April 10 letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman requesting the information. The missive was in response to recent reports that the White House has made plans to designate at least $500 million to the IRS to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “These reports are just the tip of the iceberg, as the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has warned that the IRS could need up to $10 billion to implement the Democrats’ health care law over the next decade,” the lawmakers said in a statement accompanying the letter. “This expansion of the IRS’ power and reach into Americans’ dail ...

Web-based game tests doctors’ knowledge of sepsis

Jacob had a fever and his health was deteriorating quickly when he was admitted to the hospital. If left untreated, the 27-year-old would have died within two minutes of severe sepsis. Fortunately for Jacob, however, a doctor could cure him just as quickly — and with only a few clicks of a button. Playing Septris is free, and the game is available online. Doctors can take a post-game test to earn CME credits for a standard $20 fee. Septris runs best on iPad/iPhone or Android. On a desktop computer, it requires a Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple Safari browser. Jacob is not a real person. He is a character in Septris, a Web-based medical game developed by physicians at Stanford University School of Medicine in California and released late last year. The game’s goal is to offer doctors an engaging way to test their sepsis knowledge and improve their treatment of patients with the condition. Septris can be played on a computer, mobile phone or tablet. “This is a more v ...