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Monday, May 11, 2015

“The Personal Political Nature Of Medical Care” — My Latest in Forbes.com

It’s not just ICD-10 that’s overwhelming private physician practices. The avalanche of federal regulations — like meaningful use, PQRS, and the thousands of pages of federal rules — gets in the way of doctors caring for patients. Large organizations, Physicians Foundation CEO Tim Norbeck and I write in our latest post on Forbes.com, are much more able to find resources they can waste on compliance with these onerous federal requirements. “Just as overzealous government regulations are forcing community banking out of business by creating even more ‘too big to fail’ banking systems, private practice is being forced out of business, thus creating even larger, cost-ineffective health care giants,” we wrote. On a related note, I want to let you know that I am stepping down from my post as president of The Physicians Foundation after nine years at the helm. Walker Ray, MD, of Georgia — a man I have grown to trust and admire — is the new president. I will continue my work on the board of the foundation, working to direct research and funding toward projects that can benefit practicing physicians and their patients.

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