• U.S. Senate Passes Health System Reform Reconciliation Bill

    Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 4872, the Health Care Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, a package of fixes to the new health reform law. The reconcilation bill passed the Senate by […]

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  • NCMS Analysis of Health System Reform Law and Reconciliation Language

    The North Carolina Medical Society has evaluated the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, signed into law by President Obama earlier today – as well as the reconciliation bill that modifies this law to be debated by the Senate in the coming days.

    The NCMS recognizes the positive measures of this law that expand coverage to more uninsured individuals, eliminate bans on pre-existing conditions and the primary care-based initiatives that would promote prevention and wellness. However, the positive results of these reforms will be overshadowed by disabling actions taken by this bill including:

    • A failure to permanently repeal Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula.
    • A failure to enact meaningful medical liability reform.
    • A failure to allow physicians and patient rights to privately contract without penalties.
    • The imposition of penalties for physicians who do not successfully participate in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).
    • The creation of a Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
    • Ban the establishment of new physician-owned hospitals.

    NCMS has addressed these concerns repeatedly throughout the process with the entire Congressional delegation. Staff as well as physician leadership have visited individually with the North Carolina Congressional delegation to ensure that your voice was heard during this debate.

    For a copy of the NCMS bill comparison, click here. This document will be updated on our site as the reconciliation process continues. Please feel free to offer questions, comments, or feedback via this blog.

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  • President Obama Signs Health System Reform Bill

    President Barack Obama signed H.R. 3590, the largest overhaul to the nation’s health care system in nearly a half-century into law this morning in a crowded ceremony in the East Room of […]

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  • UPDATED: U.S. House Passes Health System Reform Legislation

    Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3590, the Senate’s health system reform bill, and H.R. 4872, a reconciliation bill that modifies the original Senate language.  H.R. 3590 passed […]

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  • U.S. House Releases Health System Reform Reconciliation Language

    Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives released legislative language for the reconciliation bill that makes refinements to the Senate’s health reform bill, H.R. 3590. Read on for key provisions. Stay tuned for a Special Bulletin on the latest developments in reform and be watching this site for updates.

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  • NC Medicaid Preferred Drug List Expected to Control Costs

    North Carolina Medicaid patients are now required to have prescriptions filled from a Preferred Drug List.  The new policy took effect March 15, 2010.  NC DHHS says taxpayers could see […]

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  • Calls to Repeal the SGR Continue as Congress Faces Pressure on Health System Reform

    The NCMS, AMA and other physician-led organizations are calling for a permanent repeal of the Medicare physician payment formula, SGR (sustainable growth rate), as the White House continues its campaign for passage of a health care reform bill.

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  • CMS Sets March 17 Deadline to Change Medicare Status

    As physicians consider their participation in the Medicare program, attorneys Kimberly Licata and Steve Shaber, with Poyner Spruill LLP of Raleigh, have prepared a brief guide to help physicians.

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  • Letter Addresses Concerns Over Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

    The NCMS is a signatory to a letter that offers comments on the proposed rule for implementing the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs. Addressed to Charlene […]

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  • Medicare Payment Cuts Postponed for 31 days; SGR Still Not Fixed

    The Senate voted 78-19 late Tuesday evening to pass H.R. 4691, the Temporary Extension Act of 2010, which included provisions to extend 2009 Medicare physician payment rates through the end of the month. As a result, the 21% payment cut that took effect on March 1 has been postponed until April 1.

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