Contents tagged with budget
The clock is winding down on the Texas Legislature
With less than a week left in the 84th Texas Legislature, many bills TAFP has been tracking have passed the House and the Senate … more
Capitol Update: Senate passes bill to increase residency slots
The Senate passed legislation last week proposed by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, that will strengthen the … more
2 percent Medicare cut went into effect April 1: Novitas answers your questions
Because Congress failed to reach a budget deal to block the Budget Control Act’s sequestration cuts, … more
Capitol Update: House, Senate lay out base budgets
Both the House and the Senate laid out their versions of the budget last week, each maintaining spending at about the same … more
Clock ticking on Congress to act on Medicare SGR, federal budget
AAFP urges members to tell lawmakers to spare family medicine
Family physicians once again face uncertainty … more
Medicare to cut physician pay by 21.3 percent unless Congress acts
Physician fees for Medicare services will be slashed by 21.3 percent on June 1 unless both houses of Congress … more
Final budget plan cuts $64 million in physician payments for Medicaid and CHIP
The results are in. After asking all state agencies to submit plans to reduce their spending by 5 … more
Congress to delay Medicare pay cut until April 30
For the third time in the last four months, congressional lawmakers have postponed a scheduled 21.2 percent cut in physician … more
By now, it’s common knowledge that Texas faces a growing shortage of primary care physicians. We currently have approximately 18,000 primary care physicians to care for more than 25 million Texans, an unfavorable ratio that will worsen as fewer medical students choose to enter primary care fields and as the population continues to balloon at both ends of the age spectrum.
In an op-ed published Feb. 10 in the Houston Chronicle, Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, wrote about this dire need to address primary care access in Texas, acknowledging that the non-emergency medical services and coordinated care primary care physicians provide for their patients has been shown to increase quality and efficiency, and lower costs.
She has worked with TAFP and other stakeholders over the last decade to build the primary care workforce to improve the health of Texans and make health care costs sustainable for our state, and last session authored a comprehensive package of reforms to the state’s health care delivery system that aims to improve quality and efficiency in the health delivery system by testing and implementing various performance-based payment methods that provide incentives for improved patient outcomes.more
You’ve probably heard by now that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the “supercommittee,” failed in its efforts to reach a budget compromise. The 12 congressional lawmakers had until Thanksgiving to formulate a plan to trim at least $1.2 trillion in federal spending, and health care advocates hoped they’d also include a fix for the flawed Medicare payment formula, the SGR, in this plan.
This wasn’t wishful thinking; years of temporary fixes weigh heavily on the deficit. Plus, the committee had been granted special authorization to find and score savings wherever they could. Up until this point, insiders promised that committee members were seriously considering including an SGR fix, which would prevent a planned 27.4-percent cut in Medicare physician payment come Jan. 1. Not only is this cut still on the table, automatic reductions triggered by the supercommittee’s inaction will cut another 2 percent in Medicare payment in 2013.
A health care lobbyist told the Associated Press that “lawmakers of both parties wanted to deal with the cuts to doctors, but a fundamental partisan divide over tax increases blocked progress of any kind.”more