CMS has come out with their final regs showing a 10% decrease in physician payments for 2008. Congress has not yet acted, nor are they poised to act, on removing this onerous reg. If Congress doesn't act I believe there will be less physicians taking new Medicare patients at a time when the boomers are just beginning to hit. As part of the regs anesthesia will get a 32% increase. The rule also will disallow any markup by physicians for diagnostic tests as well as mandating that PT and OT providers meet state licensing and other requirements. Top
California has ordered Blue Cross to cease and desist ordering hospitals to sign confidentiality agreements to prevent the hospitals from discussing fee negotiations. This would have not allowed the hospitals to use attorneys or consultants in their negotiations with Blue Cross. The order does not affect physicians and other non hospital providers.
CMS has stated that 2008 will bring a 3.8% increase in hospital outpatient surgery but with some bundling and other onerous reporting requirements. ASCs will get less since it costs less to perform the service in an ASC due to the inefficiencies of the hospital.
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Arizona will try again to make the standard to sue ED physicians "clear and convincing evidence" and not the preponderance. The legislature passed this before and the trial lawyer's pawn Governor vetoed the action. Top
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