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Old April 8th, 2014, 08:02 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Medicare $pending!!!!!

THI$ should be rather entertaining!!!!


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"The Obama Administrations plan to release how much the Medicare system paid individual doctors for specific procedures could blow the lid off one of the most jealously guarded secrets in medicine.

Since a court injunction sealed Medicare’s physician-pay records in 1979, the American Medical Association has successfully shielded physicians from public scrutiny of how much they’re paid by the federal health program for everything from flu shots to brain surgeries. Release of the payment data, coming as soon as Wednesday, should give researchers, journalists, and resourceful consumers their first look at just how much doctors make from ordering all sorts of tests and procedures on their patients—whether the patients need them or not.

“A lot of people on Medicare will drop their coffee cups when they see how much their doctors are making,” says Jean Mitchell, a Georgetown University economist who has published more than 30 studies on how financial incentives drive physicians’ treatment decisions.

“People don’t recognize that medicine is a business; the way you make money is by doing procedures. You don’t make money telling people to eat right and exercise.”
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Finally something I can compliment Obama on. This a good thing.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 05:00 AM   #3
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Gee.....who would have EXPECTED Florida to be one o' the LEADING "horses"??!!!

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"Reimbursements to doctors who provide Medicare services in 2012 ranged from nearly $21 million to a single Florida ophthalmologist to the $27,000 for the average anesthesiologist, according to the first look at government payment data in 35 years.

The data were released this week by the Center for Medicare Services after a court order lifted an injunction sought by the American Medical Association had been in place since 1979."


Releasing the data could help consumers understand health costs, help providers deliver better care and enable journalists and advocacy groups to sniff out fraud, experts say."
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"Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a proposed rule that would increase reward$ paid to Medicare beneficiaries and others whose tips about suspected fraud lead to the successful recovery of funds to as high as $9.9 million."

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That has been my opinion. The answer to our Medicare spending problem isn't to end Medicare. That would just shift the problem. They should place a cap on how much an individual doctor can make off the plan. An ophthalmologist making $21 million dollars in a year off Medicare is INSANE !!!!!
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Old April 9th, 2014, 05:50 AM   #5
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It TOOK them a little-while....but, even the Murdoch Street Journal (eventually) saw which way History was headed, and....JUMPED ON THE BANDWAGON!!!!!!

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1977: The Carter administration releases a list of all doctors who received Medicare reimbursements of $100,000 or more during 1975.

1979: A federal court in Florida grants the American Medical Association an injunction barring any further release of doctor-specific Medicare information.
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That has been my opinion. The answer to our Medicare spending problem isn't to end Medicare. That would just shift the problem. They should place a cap on how much an individual doctor can make off the plan. An ophthalmologist making $21 million dollars in a year off Medicare is INSANE !!!!!
All of those charges were approved by the Obama Administration.

Reimbursement rate reductions were passed during the GWB Administration but Congressional Democrats and Obama have refused to let them take affect.
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All of those charges were approved by the Obama Administration.


Sure, they were.
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You're probably gettin' a lil' tired o' chasin'-your-tails (around....in circles), anyhow....right??
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All of those charges were approved by the Obama Administration.

Reimbursement rate reductions were passed during the GWB Administration but Congressional Democrats and Obama have refused to let them take affect.
Yeah, yeah, Medicare is all Obama's fault. You do know that Republicans just voted for the Medicare "Doc Fix" last month don't you ?
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Yeah, yeah, Medicare is all Obama's fault. You do know that Republicans just voted for the Medicare "Doc Fix" last month don't you ?
Why was the Doc Fix not addressed in Obamacare?
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