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The "Doc Fix" And What It Portends

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Apr 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

It was a moment that might have seen Captain Renault striding out of the Capital Building saying. "I am shocked, shocked to discover legislating going on here," Somehow, Democrats and Republicans came together to pass a permanent solution to the the problem of Medicare reimbursement for physicians.  For almost two decades now, Congress has had to pass a law at the 11th Hour to keep Medicare payments to doctors from falling by some enormous amount. Now this charade is over. Under the new law, Medicare is switching from doctors for the quantity or work they produce to the quality of the work. This is scheduled to start in 2020. I say scheduled to start because I don't think it ever will. I cannot see physicians agreeing to having the Feds overseeing their work. Many doctors have gotten wealthy by doing what Medicare will pay for, rather than what is medically indicated. Check out this egregious example.  

This is a pretty sweet deal and I do not expect doctors to give it up. I predict that when the time comes to switch how Medicare pays, you will hearing howling protests from the American Medical Association about how this will drive all the doctors out of business.  Eventually, Congress will drop this part of the law. Too bad, because this is precisely the sort of change needed to preserve Medicare.  But, any good doctor will be able to declare this change in the law DOA.

Congress Passes Permanent "Doc Fix"

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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