Category Archives: Regulatory Capture

Medicare Physician Payment: A Hollow Victory for the RUC

Brian Klepper Posted 5/18/12 on The Health Affairs Blog Copyright 2012 by Project HOPE: The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. On May 9th, William Nickerson, Senior Judge in the Southern Maryland Federal District Court, issued a 15 page ruling against the six Augusta, … Continue reading

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The American College of Physicians’ Cognitive Dissonance

Brian Klepper Relative to their specialist colleagues, primary care physicians have been generally passive about the politics that shape their professional lives, and they have been big losers. It is important for them to consider whether their societies are genuinely … Continue reading

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The RUC’s Empty Gesture

Brian Klepper and Paul M. Fischer Posted 5/11/12 on Medscape Internal Medicine Recently, the leaders of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) lavished praise on the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Merchant Health Care

Brian Klepper Published 4/05/12 on MedPage Today Another luminary-rich panel has been formed to make recommendations about how physician and other healthcare services should be valued and paid for. The Society for General Internal Medicine launched the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform with funding from prominent … Continue reading

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The Right Rx for Better Health Care: Rise Up to Challenge the Industry’s Lobbying Power

Brian Klepper and Shannon Brownlee Published 3/29/12 in the New York Daily News Obamacare had its days in the Supreme Court this week, and the justices’ decision could have sweeping consequences for the individual mandate provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable … Continue reading

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Response To RUC Chair Barbara Levy’s Comment on the Health Affairs Blog

Brian’s Note: Last week David Kibbe and I posted a Health Affairs Blog column, Trusting Government: A Tale of Two Federal Advisory Groups, that compared the openness and transparency of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) and the AMA’s RVS Update … Continue reading

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Can Medical Management Succeed Within A Fee-For-Service Environment?

Brian Klepper The column immediately below is an important discussion by Douglas Elmendorf, the Director of the CBO – actually it was prepared by Lyle Nelson of CBO’s Health and Human Services Division, but it has Mr. Elmendorf’s imprimatur – … Continue reading

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