Healthcare News April 4, 2013

  • Miranda Franco headed to Holland & Knight

    Miranda Franco is leaving the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) to join the healthcare team at Holland & Knight, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Rep. Burgess: GOP leadership committed to permanent ‘doc fix’

    House GOP leaders are serious about quick, bipartisan action to permanently repeal Medicare’s payment system for doctors, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) said Wednesday.

    Burgess, who is a physician and chairs the House GOP’s Doctors’ Caucus, said there is a serious and bipartisan push to free doctors from the “tyranny” of Medicare’s payment formula — and to do it soon.

    Burgess and other committee leaders have made clear to leadership that a permanent “doc fix” needs to move quickly.

    “They’re committed to this as well,” he said.

  • Industry calls for caffeine labeling

    The Council for Responsible Nutrition issued voluntary guidelines that instruct companies to label products with the amount of caffeine included.

  • House panels release new outline for permanent ‘doc fix’

    Leaders of two top House committees are circulating an expanded draft of their plan to repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR), the flawed physician payment formula that necessitates an annual “doc fix.”

    The plan from the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means panels would use SGR repeal as an opportunity to make dramatic changes to healthcare delivery within Medicare. After several years, for example, Medicare payments to physicians would be tied in part to certain performance and efficiency measures.

    Lawmakers sent their latest draft plan to healthcare providers on Wednesday, asking for comments by April 15. 

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