Pan Mass Challenge coming up this weekend

This summer has been busy, busy, busy, so my apologies to all of you out there in HealthBlawg land for spotty posting lately.  My clients didn’t get the memo about a nice long vacation this month or next, and I’ve been training for the Pan Mass Challenge, a 2-day, 200-mile bicycle fundraiser for Boston’s Dana […]

Yes Virginia, the GAO points a finger at diagnostic imaging providers

“Round up the usual suspects!”  Once again, diagnostic imaging providers are singled out by the federales. This time the GAO says controls on diagnostic imaging utilization are needed — including (yikes!) prior authorization requirements — because diagnostic imaging costs have doubled between 2000 and 2006.  Sounds serious. Well, guess what?  While some advanced imaging costs […]

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (2009 MPFS): Yes, there's a 5.7% cut, but it's packed with goodies like telehealth and gainsharing

Congress couldn’t be bothered to stop grandstanding before July 4th long enough to undo the latest SGR-driven physician pay cut (over 10%).  This week, CMS rolled out its 2009 MPFS with an SGR-mandated 5.7% cut in place, while at the same time advising physicians not to submit bills until Congress comes to its senses and […]