American Academy of Family Physicians
Thursday Oct 21, 2010

Physician Briefing Call

On Friday, October 29 at 2:30 pm EDT, CMS Administrator Dr. Don Berwick, MD, MPP will hold a briefing call with physicians to discuss what physicians and patients can expect under the new health reform law.

This is our opportunity to inform Dr. Berwick about how to improve Medicare and Medicaid. I hope you take the time to dial in and take part in this important discussion.

Physicians Briefing Call: The Future of Medicare and Medicaid
Friday, October 29
Start Time: 2:30 PM EDT
Register Online

After the call, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Comments:

I would suggest that CMMS create CPT codes and reimburse for when the patient's personal physician communicates with the hospitalist physician on admission to and discharge from the hospital to improve the patient outcome and reduce redundency of medical expense.

Posted by Will Sawyer on October 27, 2010 at 06:21 AM CDT #

I would suggest that the feds eliminate the version 10 coding update that will throw yet another unpaid obligation on physicians for the purpose of government statistic gathering. There will be a huge cost to all practices at a time when we are all struggling to make ends meet. Add this unfunded mandate to our load along with ehr (and don't pretend they are paying for it), medical home, inflation decimated reimbursement by mcare, incompetent federal bureaucracy that won't eliminate the present unrealistic pay formula and its 20%+ reductions since they would then need to recognize the that the real federal deficit is even higher... And you wonder why more and more doctors can afford to see mcare patients? Let federal doctor Berwick start his meeting addressing these as well as why most physicians I talk to want to repeal obamacare.

Posted by tag on October 27, 2010 at 08:17 AM CDT #

I find it interesting that there is minimal content on this blog. I also find it interesting that the "physician briefing call" was in the middle of regular office hours for the majority of the doctors it was supposed to inform. Is this saying something to the AAFP? Maybe you are becoming out of touch with your "base." You seldom represent my interests and I have been a family physician for the last 30 years since I did my residency at UCLA/Santa Monica. Many of my associates have expressed the same. Your "organized medicine" groups like the AMA, CMA and the CAFP have appeared to merge with the obama care parade. Do you remember the staged AMA group at the White House where obama gave out white coats to boost the appearance of physician support. The aafp needs to get credible in its support of physicians and off the bandwagon of obamacare. Even blue dog Cardoza stated at a physician town hall that organized medicine was doing a poor job of representing physicians. And the liberal cafp is in bed with Steinberg, one of the most liberal legislators in California. I took time off from my office and tried to attend a CAFP fundraiser for him last year. In that I opposed much of his agenda, I was told that I was welcome to sit and listen, but was not to challenge his positions. Are you representing your base? Do you hear us?

Posted by tag on October 31, 2010 at 12:59 PM CDT #

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