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[By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS]

1-darrellpruittIt is bad politics for the President’s Department of Health and Human Services to get caught deceiving voters.

Word gets around much faster than it did before transparency sucked the power from the entrenched.

The NoPP

You know those Notice of Privacy Practices (NoPP) forms we are asked to sign in doctors’ offices? Since it makes no difference to anyone whether patients sign them or not, why needlessly waste everyone’s time? The NoPP is not an agreement, and just because virtually everyone is tricked into signing it, does not mean anyone reads it. HIPAA has become a source of danger to patients, with no redeeming value.

HHS Estimates 

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services own recent estimate:

“… many centuries of time—nearly 35 centuries, in fact, or just short of 30.7 million hours—will be devoted each year by healthcare providers and patients for the dissemination to patients and their acknowledgement of HIPAA notices of privacy practices [NoPP] for protected healthcare information, HHS estimates. Even at just 3 minutes apiece, with 613 million of these routine privacy notices to be delivered, signed and stored, the time adds up…”

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… “HHS estimates 32.8 million hours of interaction required to comply with privacy, security rules” …

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Censorship Concerns? 

I tried to bring attention to this absurdity over a year ago – back when HHS was still keeping unfavorable news about EHRs hidden from voters using censorship:

… “Put another way, the ONLY reason for a doctor to ask patients if they feel like signing the NoPP is to protect already busy doctors from a HIPAA fine. How is that not senseless, yet admittedly humorous bureaucratic waste?” …

On July 3, 2012, my opinion of the waste that HHS recently confirmed was censored by an HHS employee from the taxpayer-supported Linkedin site, Health IT and Electronic Health Records. If that is not against federal law, it damn sure should be.

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Among the items that HHS requires providers include in Notices of Privacy Practice is a one-sentence statement addressing data breaches:

…“We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information [unless it is encrypted]”…

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/npp_booklet_hc_provider.pdf

Now that it is widely known that encryption is no longer acceptably secure, protection from accountability is encryption vendors’ only remaining selling point. HIPAA stipulates that if breached patient information is encrypted according to standards set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), doctors are freed from the tremendous cost of notifying (former) patients – even though patients’ privacy and security have been nevertheless compromised.

For example, two weeks ago, the NIST abandoned the very encryption standards that HIPAA demands. Oops! (See: “Government Standards Agency ‘Strongly’ Suggests Dropping its Own Encryption Standard,” by Jeff Larson and Justin Elliott, ProPublica, September 13, 2013).

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NSA Secrets 

US spy agency NSA’s secret success at decrypting previously impenetrable codes – which was revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden – proves that today’s best encryption is tomorrow’s crossword puzzle. What’s more, once an individual’s medical identity is lost in the cloud, it can never be reeled back in.

And, when DNA records are included, a breach today could put the welfare of generations of Americans at risk.

A Gut-Check 

The ultimate gut-check: If your encrypted identity were fumbled, wouldn’t you want to be notified? Of course you would.

Assessment 

In my opinion, the HIPAA Rule should be immediately amended to demand notification of all individuals involved in all data breaches unless they allow opt out. Who knows? Some might prefer not to be bothered.

What is your opinion; doctor, patient and/or consultant?

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As we’ve reported, workplace safety experts have expressed concern that Gulf oil spill responders aren’t getting enough safety training [1]. On Wednesday, we spoke with a federal official who said the four-hour safety course that BP is providing to Gulf cleanup workers lacks basic information on health risks and is too short to cover the necessary material.

Joseph Hughes, director of the worker training program at the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, said the course fails to incorporate important information. Among the subjects not included are chemical inhalation, the health effects of dispersants, and the risks of direct contact with weathered crude oil.

Hughes’ agency, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, helped develop the training. “We tried to recommend what we thought the right training topics were, but all of those were not included,” he said.

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As we reported on Wednesday, cleanup workers are continuing to suffer health problems [2] [2] that they believe to be related to chemical exposure, including vomiting, dizziness, and nose and throat irritation.

Hughes also said the course’s four-hour duration — a fraction of the 24-hour training usually required for cleanup workers [3] [3] who may be exposed to hazardous materials — is insufficient and rests upon a faulty interpretation of safety regulations. In 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a directive following the Exxon-Valdez disaster that allowed the minimum training to be cut to four hours [4] [4] for workers performing low-risk tasks such as beach cleanup.

“The idea of the Exxon-Valdez exemption is that they would not have direct contact with crude oil or weathered oil,” Hughes said. However, he said that some spill responders receiving the four-hour training, such as booming and skimming workers on vessels, are “definitely having direct oil contact.”

The BP Spokesman

BP spokesman Toby Odone stated that the safety trainings are appropriate for the work people are doing. “Training for Vessels of Opportunity and shoreline workers is 4+ hours and includes properties of oil, insect bites, heat, marine operations such as laying and collecting boom,” Odone wrote in an e-mail. The Vessels of Opportunity program employs local boat operators and crews in cleanup activities.

Odone also wrote that workers going into oiled areas are accompanied by a technician with 40 hours of training, and that the training was approved by the government. “It was developed with OSHA and approved by OSHA and the US Coast Guard,” he wrote.

OSHA is in charge of monitoring workplace safety for the cleanup. We at ProPublica have been trying to get in touch with officials there since Monday to discuss the safety trainings, but haven’t yet gotten a response.

Hughes said that his office is pressing Unified Command — the interagency spill response team that consists of BP, Transocean, the Coast Guard and numerous federal agencies — to implement an eight-hour training course for those at greater risk of contact with hazardous materials. The course would include the chemical exposure curriculum that is not provided in the current trainings.

“The group that I’m still concerned about is the booming and skimming workers,” Hughes said. “There’s an effort under way to increase the training of those workers that’s being discussed at the highest level.”

On Wednesday, Aubrey Miller, senior medical adviser in Hughes’ agency, testified to a House subcommittee that OSHA is “working with BP to develop a new eight-hour curriculum [5] [5] for worker safety and health training,” according to a transcript of his remarks provided by the agency.

Hughes said he had not heard any dates for when this eight-hour training program would start.

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As it stands, Hughes said the training goes against the precautionary principle — the concept that the possibility of harm is enough to warrant action to reduce the risks to public health.

We thought it was backwards,” he said of the current curriculum,“that it had a reduced amount of protection for workers.”

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PR Firm Behind Propaganda Videos Wins HIT Stimulus Contract

Ketchum Deep in Controversy

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ProPublica – March 30, 2010 12:26 pm EDT

President Obama’s push for electronic medical records [1] has faced resistance from those who question whether health information technology systems can protect patient privacy. So last week, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services hired a public relations firm to try to win consumer trust.

The irony?

The firm chosen for the job — Ketchum Inc. [2] — was hip-deep in controversy a few years ago for producing a series of fake TV news stories that violated a federal ban on propaganda. The company also drew fire for channeling taxpayer funds to a conservative pundit to promote the Bush administration’s education policies.

About Ketchum

Ketchum, based in New York, is one of the world’s largest public relations firms, with a host of large corporate clients and a history of winning government contracts. Company spokeswoman Alicia Stetzer declined to answer questions about the $25.8 million contract, funded by the federal stimulus package. Nancy Szemraj, a spokeswoman for the government’s health IT initiative, said the PR firm won the contract over four other companies because of its ability to attract public acceptance. “Ketchum has a long rich history of doing outstanding communication outreach work for large social marketing endeavors,” Szemraj said. “They are very capable of moving the needle, with has to happen here.”

She noted that Ketchum’s work helped HHS enroll 35 million people in the Medicare prescription drug program. And she said all of the firm’s marketing ideas would be reviewed by senior managers at HHS.

Consumer advocates warned that the PR contract will only heighten skepticism about the security of online health records. A poll [3] conducted last year by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health found that roughly six in 10 Americans lack confidence in the privacy of online health records.

Public Suspicions

“The public has always been very suspicious over whether electronic health information will be safe,” said Dr. Deborah C. Peel, a physician and founder of the Coalition for Patient Privacy, which includes consumer, privacy and health groups. Peel called Ketchum a “very, very troubling choice because the last thing the public needs are more tricks being pulled on them.”

During the Bush administration, Ketchum and its former lobbying arm, the Washington Group, had several prominent Republicans on the payroll, including former New York Rep. Susan Molinari. In the last year, it has beefed up its Democratic credentials, hiring Jonathan Kopp, a member of the Obama campaign’s national media team, and Donald J. Foley, a longtime Democratic strategist.

Ketchum has continued to draw government work – particularly from HHS – despite a series of reports in 2004 [4] and 2005 [5], in which Government Accountability Office investigators found it had produced a series of video news releases that constituted “covert propaganda” because they did not disclose they were paid for by the federal government.

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One series was produced for HHS in an effort to promote the Medicare prescription drug program to seniors. The others were paid for by the Department of Education. Overall, video news releases have become increasingly common, used by large public relations firms and companies to repackage advertisements as news. [6]

Prior Controversy

Ketchum was involved in a separate controversy in 2005, when reports surfaced that it had used taxpayer funds to pay syndicated columnist Armstrong Williams $240,000 to promote the No Child Left Behind [7] education bill during radio broadcasts as part of outreach to the African-American community.

In both instances, Ketchum defended its tactics. Stetzer referred reporters to a 2005 PR Week article, in which CEO Ray Kotcher said, “There is no indication that it was ever the intent of Ketchum or any of our people to mislead anyone.”

This time around, HHS has hired Ketchum to provide a “comprehensive campaign for communications and education,” to encourage doctors and hospitals to adopt health IT and to assure the public that their information will be safe.

Assessment

The campaign is part of the administration’s $26 billion health IT program, also backed by the stimulus package, which aims to spearhead the transition to online medical records through grants, bonuses to doctors and hospitals, and the development of national standards.

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As required by section 13402(e)(4) of the HITECH Act, the Secretary must post a list of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals.

The following breaches have been reported to the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS].

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Currently, she leads the principal agency charged with keeping Americans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need, and providing children, families, and seniors with the essential human services they depend on. She also oversees one of the largest civilian departments in the federal government, with nearly 80,000 employees.

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The privacy regulations of HIPAA require that each hospital have an internal process to allow an individual to file a complaint concerning the covered entity’s compliance with privacy policies and procedures. This requires hospitals to designate a contact person to be responsible for receiving and documenting the complaint as well as the disposition.

A formal response to the person is not required as part of this rule; therefore it is estimated that each complaint, even though rare, will take ten minutes to document.

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  • impermissible use or disclosure of individual PHI (most occurrences were curiosity or accidental, yet were reported);
  • lack of safeguards to protect PHI;
  • refusal or failure to provide an individual with access to or a copy of his or her record;
  • disclosure of more information than is minimally necessary; and
  • failure to have the individual’s valid authorization for a disclosure that requires one.

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Most hospitals have documented and logged such complaints; have reviewed the situation; and have resolved the problem internally.

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All our ME-P readers and subscribers are aware of the ‘National Summit on Health Care Fraud’, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), held on January 28, 2010 in Bethesda, Maryland. The much publicized summit discussed ways to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse in the US health care system.

A major speaker, of course, was US Secretary of Health and Human Services [DHSS] Kathleen Sebelius.

In My Opinion

IMHO, the summit was more political posturing and “nibbling at the margins”, than innovative thought leadership. Much like a hawkish politician with a platform against crime; who can argue with the proposition?

But, how do we actually reduce fraud and abuse? In other words, how can we achieve real results, and not just more anti-fraud rhetoric?

Here are two considerations, currently on the books, that need hard enforcement:

1. Medicare Integrity Program

The MP-P allows the DHHS to contract with non-governmental organizations, known as Medicare Program Safeguard Contractors, to carry out fraud and abuse detection, cost report audits, utilization review, provider payment determinations, and provider education, and to create a list of durable medical equipment subject to prior authorization for reimbursement.

Under this program, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must implement regulations for contracting procedures.

2. Beneficiary Incentive Program

Under the BIP, Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to report any suspicious billing activities. When a claim results in collection of funds of at least $100, the beneficiary may be paid a portion of the collections, up to $1,000 for each occurrence. Since this process does not require the same amount of time and resources associated with whistleblowing actions, there has been activity generated by senior groups leading to various enforcement actions.

This program has allowed the Medicare carriers to send notices to patients, which encourages them to call, report, and possibly be rewarded if the report results in action.

Assessment

The first step in fighting healthcare fraud and abuse is to know which laws apply in specific cases.

The next step is formulating policies and procedures to ensure that all workforce members understand how to comply and what their individual responsibilities are in maintaining a sound healthcare business organization.

The third step is enforcement and punishment; less talk and more action!

Assessment

The most effective way to accomplish all of this is through the implementation of a medical practice compliance program, and more specifically, the augmentation of the above two programs currently in existence.

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On December 30, 2009, CMS and ONC issued proposed regulations on the definition of meaningful use and the initial set of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for EHR technology.

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Health information technology (health IT) allows comprehensive management of medical information and its secure exchange between health care consumers and providers. Broad use of HIT has the potential to improve health care quality, prevent medical errors, increase the efficiency of care provision and reduce unnecessary health care costs, increase administrative efficiencies, decrease paperwork, expand access to affordable care, and improve population health.

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Furthermore, according to the DHHS, interoperable health IT can improve individual patient care in numerous ways, including:

  • Complete, accurate, and searchable health information, available at the point of diagnosis and care, allowing for more informed decision making to enhance the quality and reliability of health care delivery.
  • More efficient and convenient delivery of care, without having to wait for the exchange of records or paperwork and without requiring unnecessary or repetitive tests or procedures.
  • Earlier diagnosis and characterization of disease, with the potential to thereby improve outcomes and reduce costs.
  • Reductions in adverse events through an improved understanding of each patient’s particular medical history, potential for drug-drug interactions, or (eventually) enhanced understanding of a patient’s metabolism or even genetic profile and likelihood of a positive or potentially harmful response to a course of treatment.
  • Increased efficiencies related to administrative tasks, allowing for more interaction with and transfer of information to patients, caregivers, and clinical care coordinators, and monitoring of patient care.

Assessment

Is the above really true in light of these two recently released reports on meaningful use?

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Understanding the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Data Collection Program

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The Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) were created to coordinate information with the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). Currently, health plans, health maintenance organizations, and federal and state agencies are required to report final adverse actions taken against healthcare providers on a monthly basis.

The NP Database

The database operates under the auspices of DHHS, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Bureau of Health Professions. The Secretary of DHHS is responsible for operating this data bank in the same fashion as the NPDB.

Adverse Actions

Five types of final adverse actions against a healthcare provider, supplier, or practitioner are reported into this data bank:

1. civil judgments in federal or state court related to the delivery of a healthcare item or service;

2. federal or state criminal convictions related to the delivery of a healthcare item or service;

3. actions by federal or state agencies responsible for licensing and certification;

4. exclusions from participation in a federal or state healthcare program; and

5. any other adjudicated actions or decisions that the secretary of DHHS establishes by regulations.

Assessment

These actions must be reported, regardless of whether the subject of the report is appealing the action. Federal and state agencies, hospitals, and health plans are permitted to query the HIPDB. This will also lead to increased activities by other federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission, which can lead to civil and criminal penalties.

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List of Healthcare IT Trade Associations

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To be efficient in healthcare delivery today, doctors must partner and understand the resources and affiliations that are available to them. Here is a brief list of several healthcare trade associations and leading industry vendors submitted for your review.

AHIMA
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management professionals. AHIMA’s 51,000 members are dedicated to the effective management of personal health information needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public. Founded in 1928 to improve the quality of medical records, AHIMA is committed to advancing the health information management profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning.

EHRA
HIMSS EHRA is a trade association of Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendors that addresses national efforts to create interoperable EHRs in hospital and ambulatory care settings. HIMSS EHRA operates on the premise that the rapid, widespread adoption of EHRs will help improve the quality of patient care and the productivity of the healthcare system. The primary mission of the association is to provide a forum for the EHR vendor community relative to standards development, the EHR certification process, interoperability, performance and quality measures, and other EHR issues that may become the subject of increasing government, insurance and physician association initiatives and requests.

HIMSS
HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is the healthcare industry’s membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and management systems for the betterment of human health. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., and other locations across the country, HIMSS represents approximately 17,000 individual members and some 275 member corporations that employ more than 1 million people. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care.

HITSP
The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel serves as a cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors for achieving a widely accepted and useful set of standards specifically to enable and support widespread interoperability among healthcare software applications, as they will interact in a local, regional, and national health information network for the United States. Comprised of a wide range of stakeholders, the Panel will assist in the development of the U.S. Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) by addressing issues such as privacy and security within a shared healthcare information system. The Panel is sponsored by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in cooperation with strategic partners such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), and Booz Allen Hamilton. Funding for the Panel is being provided via the ONCHIT contract award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HL7
Health Level Seven is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) operating in the healthcare clinical and administrative data arena. It is a not-for-profit volunteer organization made up of providers, vendors, payers, consultants, government groups, and others who develop clinical and administrative data standards for healthcare. Health Level Seven develops specifications; the most widely used being a messaging standard that enables disparate healthcare applications to exchange keys sets of clinical and administrative data.

MSHUG
Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) unified with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as part of the HIMSS Users Group Alliance Program in October 2003. The unification strengthens the commitment of HIMSS and MS-HUG to better serve their members and the industry through a shared strategic vision to provide leadership and healthcare information technology solutions that improve the delivery of patient care.

WEDI
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange [WEDI’s] goal is to improve the quality of healthcare through effective and efficient information exchange and management. They aim to provide leadership and guidance to the healthcare industry on how to use and leverage the industry’s collective knowledge, expertise, and information resources to improve the quality, affordability, and availability of healthcare.

Assessment

As the health information technology industry evolves, we will continue to contribute our expertise to foster ideas that shape the future of healthcare by offering more examples similar to the above.

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Tightening Payment Rules for Non-Physicians

Understanding the Medicare “Incident To” Rules

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Under the “incident to” rules, Medicare Part B pays for some services that are billed by physicians, but performed by non-physicians. And, the Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS] and Office of Inspector General [OIG] says that some of these services might be used improperly.

Suggestions to CMS

The agency recommends the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS] perform the following:

  • Revise the “incident to” rule to require that physicians who bill Medicare, but don’t perform the services themselves, ensure that the services are provided by a licensed physician, or a non-physician with the necessary training, certification or licensure.
  • Require that physicians who use non-physician services identify this with a service code modifier on bills.
  • Take appropriate action to detect when physicians bill for “incident to” services that are not covered under the rule.

Assessment

In the current healthcare reform environment, Medicare services by non-physicians are coming under increased scrutiny. And, the OIG is finding that the “incident to” rule is allowing medical care to be provided by non-physicians who may lack the necessary qualifications. This may be a healthcare financial, insurance and quality breach. So, don’t let this trap “bite” you.

Source: HHS Office of Inspector General (www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-09-06-00430.pdf)

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Feds Propose Educational Website on ePHRs

Site Aimed at Consumers

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Conference RoomAs reported by Mary Mosquera on May 22 2009, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) just proposed developing a Web site for consumers. The site is to contain facts about electronic-personal health record systems and their privacy policies. It aims to help consumers and patients make informed decisions.

http://govhealthit.com/articles/2009/05/22/feds-propose-phr-website.aspx?s=GHIT_260509

Assessment

The Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS] Agency information collection request, for a 30-days public comment period, is also located here.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12023.htm

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Obama on the SGR Physician Payment Formula

Solo Doctors and and Small Group Practices May Benefit

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According to Diana Manos of Healthcare Finance News, on March 23, 2009, small medical group practices and solo and/or independent physicians may benefit most from the recently proposed Obama healthcare budget. In it, President Obama asked Congress for $76.8 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS] for fiscal year 2010. Some funding would come from changes to the way healthcare is provided, with a new emphasis on pay-for-performance [P4P] for Medicare providers.

The AMA’s Response   

It was reported that, Joseph M. Heyman, MD, chairman of the American Medical Association’s Board of Trustees, said the AMA is pleased with the administration’s proposed new baseline – or projected spending over a period of time – or Medicare physician payment updates.

“Unlike previous budget forecasts, the administration’s new budget baseline recognizes that Congress needs to and will act to avert the serious access crisis that looms as physicians face drastic payment cuts in the coming decade due to the failed Medicare physician payment formula,” he is reported to have said. Furthermore,  

“The AMA strongly supports the use of a realistic baseline as a foundation for Congress to move forward with a permanent solution to the flawed SGR physician payment formula, and urges the committee and Congress to ensure that a new Medicare physician payment baseline is adopted in the 2010 Fiscal Year (FY) Budget Resolution.”

Assessment

Under the president’s budget request, Medicare Advantage would be revamped; physicians and hospitals could expect to be paid for performance [P4P] under Medicare; pharmaceutical companies would face steeper competition from generic drug companies and the government would clamp down on inadvertent and fraudulent overpayments under Medicare. The budget also calls for “comprehensive, but fiscally responsible reforms” to the physician payment formula [Sustainable Growth Rate], moving toward rewarding doctors for efficient quality care.

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AMA Sues to Keeps Medicare Claims Data Private

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] does not have to turn over physician-specific Medicare claims data requested by not-for-profit Consumers’ Checkbook under the Freedom of Information Act, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in an opinion delivered January 30th.

AMA and DHHS

According to Gregg Blesch of Modern Healthcare, on 2/2/09, the American Medical Association [AMA] joined the Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS] in appealing a 2007 decision that the data should be subject to disclosure, but the appeals court concluded the physicians’ privacy interest outweighs the consumer group’s assertions that the data would be used in the public interest.

Three Decade DHHS Legal Conundrum

DHHS, meanwhile, was not concerned so much with privacy as with its own legal conundrum involving a 1979 federal injunction barring the release of Medicare data that identifies individual physicians. A 2008 statement explaining the decision to appeal said the department “recognizes and shares the goals of Consumers’ Checkbook” and was seeking a legal way for the government to share Medicare claims data as part of its own quality initiatives.

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About Consumer’s Checkbook

Consumers’ Checkbook/The Center for the Study of Services is an independent, nonprofit consumer organization founded in 1974 with the help of funding from the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs. Its’ purpose is to provide consumers information to help them get high quality services and products at the best possible prices. The organization is supported entirely by subscription payments and donations from individual consumers who subscribe to its magazines, and by fees for surveys, and information services and books. They do not accept donations from businesses and their publications carry no advertising.

Link: http://www.checkbook.org

About the AMA

The home page of the AMA website states the organization is “helping doctors help patients.”  Is this really the case; or mere rhetoric? Is it true that less than 20% of the nations MDs are members?

Assessment

Consumers’ Checkbook said it would use the data to show the frequency with which physicians performed certain procedures; expose how much Medicare pays physicians who have disciplinary histories or poor evaluations; and determine whether they were fulfilling standards of recommended care. The court found each argument wanting.

Industry Indignation Index Rating: 85

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IBM and Google Health

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computer-hardwareAccording to MarketWire, February 5, 2009, IBM, Google and the Continua Health Alliance [CHA] announced new software that will enable personal medical devices used for patient monitoring, screening and routine evaluation to automatically stream data results into a patient’s Google Health Account [GHA] or other Personal Health Records [PHR].

PHR Value Extension

This breakthrough extends the value of PHRs to patients and also helps to ensure that such records are current and accurate at all times. Once stored in a PHR, the data can also be shared with physicians and other members of the extended care network at a user’s discretion.

Daschle and e-Health Reform

Of course,Tom Daschle’s recent decision to withdraw his nomination as the Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS] secretary clouds hopes that President Obama will make significant progress on health-care reform in his first 100 days in the White House. But the problems of unaffordable medical bills and millions of uninsured are not going away, and a deepening recession has more Americans feeling worried about their jobs and insecure about their health benefits.

Assessment

The breakthrough of this triumvirate extends the value of PHRs to consumers and also helps to ensure that such records are current and accurate at all times. Once stored in a PHR, the data can also be shared with physicians and other members of the extended care network at a user’s discretion.

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Doctors Seek Pay-Hike from Obama

ACP Wants Steep Primary-Care Bonus from Medicare 

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American College of Physicians [ACP] President Jeffrey Harris recently sent a letter to HHS nominee Tom Daschle asking that the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package include a 10 percent pay bonus for all services provided by primary care docs under Medicare for a period of 18 months.

Targeting Primary Care

According to the Wall Street Journal, December 18, 2008, the letter requests that primary care medical practices, especially small ones, get a piece of the funding pie for health information technology; Obama has pledged to spend billions of dollars on that endeavor.

Bonus for Grass-Roots Doctors

The 18 months when the bonus would be in effect would stabilize funding for primary care practices, especially smaller ones, which are an essential part of the safety net that people rely on for their care, especially in tough economic times. Primary care physicians who own small practices are struggling to survive because of inadequate access to credit, losses in their own investments, slower collections and more “bad-debt” and uncompensated care as their patients are unable to pay their bills and the numbers of uninsured increase.

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Without funding to stabilize primary care practices, the letter said, many will go under and have to close.

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