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The Three Obamacares

The Three Obamacares

What do you mean when you say “Obamacare”? Since people think Obamacare is imploding, we’ve created a better way to talk it: Obamacare I, Obamacare II, and Obamacare III.

Opting for Freedom from Medicare

Opting for Freedom from Medicare

The attached is a list of all health care practitioners, including physicians, that have opted out of the Medicare program, as found in the federal Medicare participation-status database on July 5, 2016. NOTE: Physicians and others that have refused to get a National Provider ID are not included on this list.

AAPS also has a list of links to opted-out physicians found here. 

 

Is Trump Proposing Price Controls?

Is Trump Proposing Price Controls?

Have you read Donald Trump’s health care plan? At first glance, there’s nothing unique about his plan. The first six points look like he picked off standard GOP health care talking points without much creative thought. Interestingly, it sounds like he has no idea we already have the Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) he’s proposing.
 

CO LEGISLATIVE ALERT!

CO LEGISLATIVE ALERT!

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is pushing a bill, HB 1164, which would allow it to directly gather data on families that delay or avoid vaccinations. Parents would be required to submit exemption claims directly to the government for state storage, analysis and use.

CCHF Comment: “Substantiation Requirement for Certain Contributions” Proposed Rule

CCHF Comment: “Substantiation Requirement for Certain Contributions”  Proposed Rule
PUBLIC COMMENT SUBMITTED: CCHF opposes the "Substantiaton Requirement for Certain Contributions" Proposed Rule.  The proposed rule threatens the privacy rights of individuals, as well as the constitutional rights of individuals to freedom of speech and freedom of association.  This proposed rule is a step toward the expansion of government and a threat to individual rights and the vitality of the private non-profit sector.

CCHF Comment: Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities; Proposed Rule

CCHF Comment: Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities; Proposed Rule

PUBLIC COMMENT SUBMITTED: CCHF opposes the “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities; Proposed Rule." "Despite the subjectivity of the proposed “internal sense of gender” definition -- and no statutory authority to back up the imposition of an unnatural definition of ‘sex’ and sure-to-be-controversial nondiscrimination prohibitions – HHS proposes to potentially force physicians … "

Excise Tax: The Forgotten Obamacare Penalty

Excise Tax: The Forgotten Obamacare Penalty

ST. PAUL, Minn.—After last week’s Supreme Court King v. Burwell ruling, many Obamacare supporters might think the fight has been won, while many opponents to the flawed government health care system may be downcast or looking for the next best strategy to win repeal.

Chief Health IT Executives Push for National Patient ID System

Chief Health IT Executives Push for National Patient ID System
In a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) wrote the following:  "We must first acknowledge that the lack of a consistent patient identity matching strategy is the most significant challenge inhibiting the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information. …"
 

Dangerous Bedfellows

Dangerous Bedfellows

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that HHS is “working in concert with our partners in the private, public, and non-profit sectors to transform the nation’s health system to emphasize value over volume.” But three dangerous CMS initiatives in this effort will take patient care and medical decisions out of doctors’ hands and allow Big Business, Big Health and Big Government make the calls.

Training New Doctors for the System

Training New Doctors for the System
Medical schools are creating a new type of doctor. National Public Radio recently discussed medical training in the 21st century: