Health Law & Policy

Medical groups do not support Medicare fix

June 01, 2010

As yet another deadline challenges Congress to avert a 21.3% pay cut to physicians who treat Medicare and Medicaid patients, groups representing the nation's physicians say they do not support a proposal that fails to change the formula behind the cut.

STAAR Surgical settles litigation

May 15, 2010

After years of wrangling in court with two former regional manufacturer's representatives, officials at STAAR Surgical Co. hope a $4 million settlement will allow it to move forward with new products and solidify its financial status.

Medicare physician pay cut stalled until June 1

May 15, 2010

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery are among 25 groups urging Congress to solve the Medicare physician payment problem.

Reform is reality

April 15, 2010

As members of the healthcare industry try to unravel the comprehensive health reform legislation that President Obama signed into law March 23, they are voicing concerns about such issues as patient access, payment for physicians, the creation of a new oversight board, and new taxes on medical devices.

Medicare fee debate frustrates physicians

March 15, 2010

As Congress continues to debate health-care reform and how best to pay physicians for providing medical care to the nation's neediest and elderly people, ophthalmologists are increasingly frustrated by the instability it wreaks upon their practices.

Consequences of reform

November 01, 2009

J.C. Noreika, MD, MBA, submitted a letter to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), outlining nine possible unintended consequences to health-care reform.

Allergan files suit over off-label talk

November 01, 2009

Allergan is asking a federal judge to permit the company to talk freely with physicians regarding off-label use of Botox.

Knowledge is good

October 01, 2009

In this editorial, one movie teaches two people life lessons about trust and money. These issues also seem to be the center of debate about the U.S. health care system.

Don't go postal, go dental: remain aloof to organized medicine

September 01, 2009

While ophthalmology has traveled down the road harnessed to organized medicine and thereby exposed to all of the exploding impediments to practice, dentistry has alertly remained aloof to these changes and continues to be viable, productive, and secure.

National Correct Coding Initiative enables better reporting of multiple services

September 01, 2009

It is imperative, especially in uncertain economic times, for physicians to be thoroughly familiar with Medicare's National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI). This initiative was put forth in 1996 in order to promote correct coding and to serve as a ready mechanism by which to reduce improper coding.