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HHS Secretary Price Vows to Reduce Health IT Regulations

Have you ever noticed your doctor seems to be trying to diagnose his computer? Well, now there’s a solution for that.

The physician who is in charge of President Trump’s Health and Human Services department says other docs are telling him they feel like they’ve become data entry clerks and are retiring because of it. And he means to do something about it.

From the Washington Examiner:

Health information technology regulations have become overly burdensome, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who vowed that the Trump administration would work to spur innovation in the field.

“We simply have to do a better job of reducing the burden of health IT on physicians and other providers,” said Price, speaking at the Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

Price, a former orthopedic surgeon and Republican congressman from Georgia, has been a frequent critic of certain government regulations that he says get in the way of doctors and their patients.

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5 Responses to HHS Secretary Price Vows to Reduce Health IT Regulations

  1. Some doctors have complained that they have to have more administrative staff than medical staff due to the onerous regulations imposed by Obamacare.

  2. I have numerous clients that are medical groups. The docs all wheel in their laptops on carts to each exam room and type type type away during the patient visit.

    The EMR system ( elec. med records) is a great way to track patients, their conditions, facilitate record keeping and invoicing, but it also puts a burden on the physician to focus on the data and less on the patient.

    Younger physicians embrace EMR, older ones simply retire. Whether that is good for medicine or not, time will tell.

    But I do like the ability to access my medical records through the portal of my own medial group. Quite efficient.

    H

  3. Rebelling against MACRA and MIPS
    I’m fully rebelling against MACRA and MIPS by no longer accepting any new Medicare patients (as of April 2016), and no new Medicaid patients (as of 1987). I make it up by seeing increased volumes of commercial insurance patients, Tricare Military patients, and Veterans via the Choice VA system, and a few cash pay patients, to whom I grant a substantial discount, as there is no need to bill a 3rd party.
    I see more patients in general, attend less patients in the hospital setting, make almost the same reimbursement, and go home earlier each day. I still see my existing Medicare patients, and suck up the CMS penalties. I’m happy to let my overall Medicare billings reduce by attrition as I change my focus to caring for people who don’t have Medicare or Medicaid.
    Surprisingly, I have many people who ask if I will be their doctor, and just let them pay me cash and not bill Medicare.
    WOW…!!!…So tempting, and it breaks my heart to tell them that I’d LOVE to do just that, but CMS says that is illegal.
    I can Lawfully refuse to see a New Medicare patient, but I can’t see, treat, and care for a new Medicare who wants to pay cash and NOT bill Medicare…!!!
    How does this make ANY common sense ?
    My CMS penalties will drop as I see less and less Medicare patients.
    Yes, I can TOTALLY Drop Out of the Entire Medicare System…and then I can accept cash payments from Medicare patients in my office.
    But…But…what if I need to attend them in the hospital? Or operate on them in the hospital? Medicare will not pay me for my services to the patient, And…ANd…AND will likely deny paying the entire hospital bill because the attending doctor has dropped out of Medicare.
    Now how fair is that?
    I know that some readers here will ask how I can justify leaving Seniors hanging and not providing medical care.
    Since there’s a limit to how many patients any given doc can see in a 24 hour period, I’ve chosen to honor and treat patients in health care systems that seem to appreciate the physicians who take care of their members (namely, Tricare and VA), and as a Health Care Provider to these groups, I do not have to submit (time-consuming to me) meaningless details of Clinical Quality Measures created by non-medical bureaucrats.
    I predict that more and more physicians, especially those of us with significant clinical experience, will phase our way out of the CMS system, leaving Medicare and Medicaid patients to younger doctors, fresh out of training, with less experience in health care management, and who work for hospitals or large group practices, with mandates to see X or X+ number of patients per day to meet the managed care standard…which will result in reduced quality health care delivered to each patient.
    Tis a sad indictment of what health care has become over the past 7 years.