Uncertainty surrounding health system reform and the future of the Affordable Care Act has left many physicians with questions about how current proposals will affect them and their patients. Stakes could not be greater for patients who may again face the stark, life-or-death choices arising from the possible loss of health insurance. As a longtime member of the American Medical Association's Board of Trustees and a former president of the ...

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ama_logoA guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. It’s crunch time for our nation’s physicians. After an 11-year battle, we stand closer now than ever before to repealing Medicare’s fatally-flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. With the introduction of the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 last month, Congress took a critical step toward reforming the nation’s ...

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ama_logoA guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Last week’s release of the final 2014 Medicare payment rule serves as an urgent reminder to Congress that there are just 28 days before physicians who care for Medicare patients will face a steep 24 percent cut caused by the short-sighted, fatally flawed Medicare payment formula -- the SGR. Year after year ...

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ama_logo A guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. The administrative burden of being a physician continues to fuel discontent among doctors. The unfulfilling interface with the insurance bureaucracy is a major contributor to physician dissatisfaction. But not all health insurers are equal when it comes to hassle factors imposed on physicians. New data released by the American Medical Association (AMA) ...

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ama_logoA guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Prescription drug abuse has reached crisis levels: overdoses and deaths from opioid analgesics have more than quadrupled in the U.S. since 1999. At the same time, a great deal of human pain and suffering remains inadequately treated. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine, at least 100 million Americans suffer ...

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