Anti-markup rule delay for some . . . Happy New Year from CMS

CMS is pushing out the effective date of the anti-markup rule for some.  The rule, to be published in the January 3, 2008 Federal Register, delays until January 1, 2009 the applicability of the anti‑markup provisions in §414.50, as revised at 72 FR 66222, except with respect to the technical component of a purchased diagnostic […]

David Harlow quoted on six-month SGR override

This week, physicians dodged the federales’ fiscal bullet yet again.  The sustainable growth rate automatic 10% hit to the Medicare physician fee schedule was transformed into a .5% increase, though this is good for 6 months only.  The HealthBlawger is quoted in the this week’s Part B Insider cover story on the latest SGR override.  […]

Other observers share the HealthBlawger's concern about AARP being in the Medicare Part D biz

Today’s Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report says: "Some advocates have expressed concern over the commercial success of AARP-branded Medicare prescription drug plans."  See the recent HealthBlawg post touching on the AARP Medicare Part D question as well. — David Harlow

Evidence-based medicine vs. the rising tide of hospitalists

Allocation of scarce resources in the health care economy drives investment in areas that yield the most bang for the buck.  That’s the theory, anyway.  This week’s New England Journal of Medicine includes an article calling into question the value of the use of hospitalists (in terms of system savings).  Savings, whether measured in dollars […]

Minute clinic regs vote delayed in MA

Well, in hindsight it was perhaps to good to be true: limited service clinic licensure regulations proposed by the Massachusetts DPH in response to the CVS Minute Clinic license application (which was filed replete with waiver requests) seemed to be sailing through the regulatory process (fun-filled public hearing included).  At the last moment — at […]