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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


With so much news to report this week, we have to combine these items so they fit:
  • TMA President Steve Brotherton, MD, keeps up his busy travel schedule. He drove to Jacksonville to speak to the Cherokee County Medical Society.
  • Dr. Brotherton’s pen was also busy. The Wall Street Journal published his letter to the editor, a rebuttal to some of Ezekiel Emanuel, MD’s, musings on the “value” of bundled payments authorized under the Affordable Care Act. The main effect, Dr. Brotherton wrote, “will be to give hospitals increased leverage over physicians.”
  • And Gil Handel, MD, came from El Paso to Austin to testify to the House Human Services Committee about ongoing problems with Medicaid. Only by making Medicaid payments competitive, he said, can the state attract an adequate provider network. Dr. Handel said the one-year delay in boosting primary care Medicaid payments to Medicare levels further discouraged physician participation in the program.

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