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Health Report from DC: March 5, 2017
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Monday, March 06, 2017 01:28 PM

News bite:  In Washington, D.C., a congressional committee has voted to impose a nationwide cap on medical malpractice “pain and suffering damages.”  Robert Kennedy Jr. reports that plans for a vaccine safety commission continue in play.  By 2025 nearly 20% of of the total US economy will be for “health spending.”  Because of recent changes in administrative implementation of rules at the IRS the Obamacare insurance mandate and penalty are effectively dead.  Seema Verma, head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), concurs with many physicians about electronic health record (EHR) systems.

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Office of Inspector General Policy Statement Regarding Gifts of Nominal Value To Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries: $15 or $75 Annually
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Sunday, February 05, 2017 11:36 PM

News Bite:  New OIG guidance notes that “nominal value” as having a retail value of no more than $15 per item or $75 in the aggregate per patient on an annual basis  May be offered or transferred to a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary likely to influence the beneficiary’s selection of a particular provider, practitioner, or supplier of Medicare or Medicaid payable items or services.  The "nominal" items may not be cash or cash equivalents.  Civil monetary penalties of up to $10,000 for each wrongful act could ensue.

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Partisans on Insurance Stabilization Bills
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Sunday, February 05, 2017 11:27 PM

News Bite:  One thing is clear.  When it comes to the Affordable Care Act there is too much "party-ing"  going on.

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Step 1, "Ease the Burden of Obamacare." Check.
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Sunday, February 05, 2017 11:11 PM

News Bite:  President Trump has taken the first step towards dismantling the Affordable Care Act.  He has ordered, in essence, that  any tax imposed by the ACA would be overturned.

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House Bill Protects Providers Crossing State Lines
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 05:35 PM

News Bite:  H.R. 302 was unanimously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would ensure the malpractice coverage of  sports medicine professionals, including DCs, remains valid when they travel with teams across state lines.

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