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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 9:26 am    Post subject: MEDICARE  Reply with quote

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Hospitals Cancelled Due to New Health Law
April 12, 2010

Health Law Bans New Doctor-Owned Hospitals, Blocks Expansion of Existing Ones.  The rules fall under Title VI, Section 6001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The provision is titled “Physician Ownership and Other Transparency –
Limitations on Medicare Exceptions to the Prohibition on Certain Physician Referral for Hospitals.”

More than 60 doctor-owned hospitals across the country that were in the development stage will be canceled. That’s a lot of access to communities that will be denied.  The existing hospitals are greatly affected.
They can’t grow. They can’t add beds. They can’t add rooms.
Basically, it stifles their ability to change and meet market needs.
This is really an unfortunate thing as well, because we are talking about some of the best hospitals in the country.

The organization says physician-owned hospitals have higher patient satisfaction, greater control over medical decisions for patients and doctor, better quality care and lower costs.  Further, physician-owned hospitals have an average 4-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, compared to the national average of 8-1 for general hospitals.

Further, these 260 doctor-owned hospitals in 38 states provide 55,000 jobs, $2.4 billion in payroll and pay $509 million in federal taxes, according to the PHA.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:36 am    Post subject: Senate fails to spare doctors from Medicare cuts Reply with quote

Medical Schools Can't Keep Up
As Ranks of Insured Expand, Nation Faces Shortage of 150,000 Doctors in 15 Years.  APRIL 12, 2010  - The new federal health-care law signed by Barak Obama March 23, 2010 has raised the stakes for hospitals and schools already scrambling to train more doctors.

MEDICARE  Insurance Premium Increases
An email message from Blue Cross Blue Shield
Barak Obama and Demoncrat congress throwing Seniors under the bus.
These provisions in Obamacare purposely delayed til after the 2012 Election.
The per person Medicare Insurance Premium will increase from the
present Monthly Fee of $96.40 rising to
$104.20 in 2012
$120.20 in 2013  and
$247.00 in 2014

Obama to snatch up to 75% of your income
May 24, 2010
-  Federal government could confiscate more than half of everything earned.  If Barak Hussein Obama repeals the Bush tax cuts and imposes a 20 percent value added tax, or VAT, on the U.S.,
Americans may be facing tax rates where more than half of everything earned is confiscated by the federal government in the form of income taxes, Jerome Corsi's Red Alert reports.  Add Social Security taxes and the tax burden quickly advances to more than 60 percent.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:42 am    Post subject: Doctors limit new Medicare patients Reply with quote

Texas doctors flee Medicare in droves
May 17, 2010
-  Texas doctors are opting out of Medicare at alarming rates, frustrated by reimbursement cuts they say make participation in government-funded care of seniors unaffordable.  Two years after a survey found nearly half of Texas doctors weren't taking some new Medicare patients, new data shows 100 to 200 a year are now ending all involvement with the program. Before 2007, the number of doctors opting out averaged less than a handful a year.

Senate fails to spare doctors from Medicare cuts
June 19, 2010
- Senate passed legislation to spare doctors a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments looming for months. "It is astounding that Congress has let seniors down through their inability to deal with this problem on time and in a responsible fashion."

Doctors limit new Medicare patients
June 22, 2010
-  The number of doctors refusing new Medicare patients because of low government payment rates is setting a new high, just
six months before millions of Baby Boomers begin enrolling in the government health care program.

Recent surveys by national and state medical societies have found more doctors limiting Medicare patients, partly because
Congress has failed to stop an automatic 21% cut in payments that doctors already regard as too low.
The cut went into effect Friday, even as the Senate approved a six-month reprieve. The House has approved a different bill.

• The American Academy of Family Physicians says 13% of respondents didn't participate in Medicare last year, up from 8% in 2008 and 6% in 2004.

• The American Osteopathic Association says 15% of its members don't participate in Medicare and 19% don't accept new Medicare patients. If the cut is not reversed, it says, the numbers will double.

• The American Medical Association says 17% of more than 9,000 doctors surveyed restrict the number of Medicare patients in their practice. Among primary care physicians, the rate is 31%.

The federal health insurance program for seniors paid doctors on average 78% of what private insurers paid in 2008.

"Physicians are saying, 'I can't afford to keep losing money,' " says Lori Heim, president of the family doctors' group.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says 97% of doctors accept Medicare.
The agency doesn't know how many have refused to take new Medicare patients, Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum says.
"Medicare beneficiaries have good access to physician services. We do have concerns about access to primary care physicians."

The AARP, the nation's largest consumer group representing seniors, is taking notice. Some U.S. areas already face a shortage of primary care physicians.
Policy director John Rother says the trend away from Medicare threatens to make it worse.


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Some of the hospital doesn't really accredit for the medicare and some government funded medical care. This could not be a good thing for those who can't afford some hospitalization.
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Obama Embraces Medicare Death Panels
December 27,  2010  
-  Liar-in-chief resident Barack Obama promised his program would not "pull the plug on grandma" and Congress dropped plans for death panels and "end of life" counseling that would encourage aged patients from partaking in costly medical procedures.  Opponents of Obama's plan, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, dubbed such efforts as "death panels" that would encourage euthanasia.

But on December 3rd, the Obama administration issued a new Medicare regulation detailing -- "voluntary advance care planning" that is to be included during patients' annual checkups. The regulation aimed at the aged "may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment," The New York Times reported.

The new provision goes into effect Jan. 1, 2011 and allows Medicare to pay for voluntary counseling to help beneficiaries deal with the complex and decisions families face when a loved one is approaching death. Critics say it is another attempt to limit healthcare options for the elderly as they face serious illness.

Catholic hospitals break from church
January 23, 2012
-  Financial viability is behind merging with secular healthcare providers.
Catholic and secular hospital mergers have collapsed in part because of concerns about the bans on abortion, in vitro fertilization and sterilization.

Catholic Healthcare West is ending its affiliation with the Catholic Church and changing its name.
The changes reveal the challenges facing Catholic hospitals to survive and thrive.
The change will have no effect on patients or the medical care provided.

[b]High court rejects Medicare challenge
January, 2013 [b] -  The Supreme Court has turned away a challenge from former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and other Social Security recipients who say they have the right to reject Medicare in favor of continuing health coverage from private insurers.

The justices did not comment Monday in letting stand a federal appeals court ruling that held that there is no way for people who receive Social Security to reject Medicare benefits.

Armey, a Texas Republican, and two other former federal employees say private insurance covers more than Medicare. Two other plaintiffs are wealthy individuals who have high deductible private insurance and prefer to pay for their health care.

The case was funded by a group called The Fund For Personal Liberty, which says its purpose is to take on burdensome government regulations.


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