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    Replacing the Medicare SGR: Why Congress Should Expand Options for Doctors and Patients

    Currently three major congressional committees are working feverishly to finalize language to repeal and replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Whether they will succeed in protecting the practice of medicine from intrusive government interference remains to be seen. The Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 created the SGR physician … More

    Obamacare: AMA’s Curious Support

    In an interview with Bloomberg’s Bureau of National Affairs, Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, incoming president of the American Medical Association (AMA), said the AMA will push for full implementation of Obamacare, including its Medicaid expansion: She said AMA continues to work on implementation issues with the states, and she called … More

    How to Fix the Medicare Physician Payment Problem

    The congressional formula that determines the annual Medicare payment update for physicians, the sustainable growth rate (SGR), was supposed to cut Medicare doctors’ pay each year starting in 2002. But that congressional formula is so flawed and unworkable that every year since 2003, Congress has stepped in to stop it … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Issues That Haven't Come Up in the Debates

    Tonight’s presidential debate is the last one that will include questions on domestic policy. The previous presidential and vice presidential debates covered a host of issues, but there are key questions still to be answered. Heritage experts submitted five issues below—with questions—that it is important to discuss before the debate … More

    The Berwick Hearing’s Best Focus: Obamacare’s Effects on Doctors and Patients

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick this morning is expected to testify before Congress in his first appearance since a controversial recess appointment in June. He will talk before the Senate Finance Committee. President Barack Obama’s controversial decision to sidestep protocol and appoint Berwick … More

    Obamacare and the Medicare Bureaucracy: A Dangerous Duo

    While Medicare held the spotlight for much of the debate over health care reform last year, the changes to the health care program for seniors and the disabled that were most widely acknowledged were the $575 billion in cuts to the program.  These cuts threaten to result in reduced benefits … More

    Obamacare: A Hard Pill to Swallow for Physicians

    The negative effects of Obamacare will impact every American.  However, it is those who are the very backbone of the United States’ high-quality health care system who will be most severely affected: physicians.  In a recent paper, Heritage’s health policy expert Robert Moffit, Ph.D., details the changes American doctors can … More

    The Senate Health Bill: Not the Lesser of Evils

    No one knows for sure how Senator Reid’s health care bill (HR 3590) will impact any particular person or group, but this much is fairly certain: it will cause health insurance premiums to increase faster—not slower—than they would have otherwise. Even the Congressional Budget Office, Congress’s non-partisan accountants, says that … More

    Obama’s Physician Press Conference Could Have Used a Shot in the Arm

    In what was billed as doctors trekking across the country to enthusiastically support President Barrack Obama’s health care agenda, his press conference at the White House on Monday was in need of serious resuscitation. From a lackluster response among the 150 doctors (outfitted in their “spiffy-looking” white coats lest we … More