Headline on new Medicare board sends the wrong message

Posted March 7, 2011

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

Regarding "Medicare pay panel latest target of GOP effort to repeal reform law" (link): Your biases are showing. Your headline about the measure to remove the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board provision from the "health reform" law characterizes it as an effort for repeal.

So you lump all GOP work on health reform as an attempt at repeal, and it seems to carry a tone that any such work is bad. Yet the measure is sponsored by one of our own, Rep. Phil Roe, MD (R, Tenn.), and rescinding or altering the board is supported by the AMA, which supports health reform.

So, please, just tell it straight.

This measure attempts to get rid of a panel that can only limit the cost of medical care by limiting payments to medical care providers. We would all be told to do more and receive less reimbursement. And it would be mandatory. Now you see why the AMA and others want another avenue to limit the cost of health care. Hurrah for Dr. Roe.

Frederick Lowe, MD, Vallejo, Calif.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/03/07/edlt0307.htm.

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn