AAOS Now, May 2008
Will there be a Medicare physician payment fix?
Baucus proposal would delay cuts for 18 months On April 3, 2008, the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., announced his intention to send a fix for the flawed Medicare physician payment formula directly to the Senate floor, bypassing committee markup. The proposed legislation applies an 18-month patch to the impending 10.6 percent cut, scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2008.
“I want to go off call”
Does your group have a plan for anticipated or unanticipated changes in its work profile? What would you do if a partner requested a temporary leave to pursue a master’s degree in business administration? How would you respond when a member announces one day, “I want to go off call”? Most groups must face such transitions at some point, but deciding what to do on a case-by-case basis at the time of each request can be emotionally damaging, build resentment, and set confusing precedents.
OIG’s Morris: An enforcer’s perspective
Relationships between physicians and the healthcare industry, including pharmaceutical and device manufacturers and suppliers, are under intense scrutiny. The popular press and professional journals are raising questions about the ability of physicians to maintain their professional integrity in an environment where lucrative physician-industry deals flourish.