Obama v. Nixon

In 2009, President Barack Obama addressed the nation calling for healthcare reform.  In 1974, President Richard Nixon also addressed the nation calling for healthcare reform.  Let us analyze Nixon’s speech and compare it to Obama’s. “Today the need [for reform] is even more pressing because of the higher costs of medical care.”  Obama echoes this…

A Critque of the Republican Response to Obama’s Health Care Speech

Today, I will review the Republican Response to President Obama’s health care reform speech. To sum up, Republicans propse: malpractice reform (likely damage caps) allowing individuals to buy health insurance across state lines, allowing small businesses and individuals to pool together (not the same as creating a health insurance exchange), refundable tax credits for low-…

Medicare Reimbursement Information VI

The Medicare Reimbursement series continues with today’s focus on outpatient care. The sources of this information is MedPAC’s Payment Basics. Outpatient Hospital Services Outpatient hospital procedures range from injections to complex surgical procedures that require anesthesia. Outpatient hospital care accounted for $19 billion of total Medicare spending in 2007. Currently, outpatient hospital reimbursement is based…