Op-eds
The Maze Of Medical Pricing – How Much Does It Cost and What Are We Paying For?
The Maze Of Medical Pricing – How Much Does It Cost and What Are We Paying For?
By Gerard Gianoli, M.D. - http://earandbalance.net In a previous editorial, I commended candidate Trump’s proposal of price transparency for hospitals and doctors. It is astounding that this has not been an element of the GOP formula for healthcare reform until now and that an outsider had to bring it up. It is so obviously part of a free market that only in an overly regulated healthcare market could it be overlooked. However, there is another element of price transparency that the Trump campaign (along with the rest of the GOP hopefuls) missed. What about insurance industry price transparency? Insurance premiums... read more
Meaningful Use, Charlie Brown, Lucy and the Football
Meaningful Use, Charlie Brown, Lucy and the Football
By L.R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.N. Physicians who took the government’s incentive cash to adopt electronic health records are now subject to audits. All they had to do was sign the attestation that they were complying with meaningful use requirements and the “free” money flowed freely – a total of 20 BILLION DOLLARS since 2011. But, if the physician misses one little thing in the Meaningful Use requirements, and fails the Meaningful Use Audit, then the physician must return the entire incentive payment for the year audited. And, the whole scam is set up like a bunch of dominoes waiting... read more
Trump’s Transparent Pricing
Trump’s Transparent Pricing
by Gerard J. Gianoli, M.D. - http://earandbalance.net I must admit that I have been skeptical of presidential candidate Donald Trump. However, as a physician, I find a lot to like about Mr. Trump's healthcare plan that has just rolled out. While many aspects have been brought up by other GOP hopefuls, the aspect of price transparency is different. No other candidate made this point, but it goes to the heart of a true free market in medical care. I welcome transparent pricing. I am a third-party-free physician. I am not a concierge doctor—someone who charges a monthly or annual fee.... read more
A Physician Comments on Donald Trump’s Health-care Plan
A Physician Comments on Donald Trump’s Health-care Plan
By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. - http://HerPlace.com Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently released his health-care reform plan by summarizing the problems of Obamacare that the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has been warning of since 2009: “Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. This legislation, passed by totally partisan votes in the House and Senate and signed into law by the most divisive and partisan president in American history, has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing... read more
Electronic Medical Records: The Potemkin Village of Healthcare
Electronic Medical Records: The Potemkin Village of Healthcare
By Gerard J. Gianoli, M.D. - http://EarAndBalance.net Legend has it that in 1787 Grigory Potemkin erected a fake portable settlement along the banks of the Dnieper River in order to fool Empress Catherine II during her visit to the Crimea. At night it was then moved down river for their next stop the following morning. The end result was an impression of greater wealth and stability in the area than reality. From this, the term “Potemkin Village” entered the lexicon, defined as: “A pretentiously showy or imposing façade intended to mask or divert attention from an embarrassing or shabby fact... read more
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