Archives: July 2012

Tommy Thompson: Repeal ‘Obamacare’ and deliver real market-driven reform

There is no greater example of government overreach and unrestrained liberalism than “Obamacare,” the president’s signature legislative initiative. It is so deeply flawed and such a clear and present threat to our economic stability that there is no way to fix it; it must be repealed entirely and replaced with market-based solutions that work. This past week, the U.S. Supreme Court placed the final decision regarding the future of “Obamacare” in the hands of Congress. As a U.S. senator, I will use every measure to ensure a vote for the full repeal of “Obamacare” will be priority No. 1 in the U.S. Senate. “Obamacare” is an unprecedented, budget-busting government takeover of one of the largest sectors of our economy. We need only to look at southern Europe to see the long-term results of government overreach and excessive control of major sectors of the economy. We are destined to follow in Europe’s path unless “Obamacare” is fully repealed and replaced with a market-based solution that relies on the efficiency and innovation of the private sector to solve our most pressing health care challenges. “Obamacare” isn’t the answer. But merely repealing bad policy is also not the answer. Our nation can afford…

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Doctor shortage the bigger problem for N.J. health care

Later this week, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare.” The law’s constitutionality has sparked discussions and debate over the past three years as we vet the best way to keep ourselves healthy. But irrespective of your position on the mandates and regulations that comprise it, New Jersey has a health care crisis all its own — one that has the potential to affect how its residents access specialized medical care in the very near future, and one that the court’s decision isn’t likely to affect. New Jersey’s crisis is a shortage of doctors. And the hemorrhaging will affect us all. Ask around and you’re likely to hear frustration about the amount of time it takes to schedule a visit with an OB-GYN. Unfortunately, that is becoming the norm. The New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals reports that there is already a 12 percent gap between physician supply and demand. New Jersey’s medical schools graduated 860 newly minted physicians in 2009; only 370 stayed in the state. By 2020, New Jersey is expected to be short an additional 3,000 physicians needed to care for its population. And…

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Trade Group Calls for Medical Liability Reform After Claim Loss Rates Rise 4%

Rising medical liability costs are named in a recent report as yet another source that’s sapping Medicaid funding, according to a new report by Aon Risk Solutions,prompting a long-term care provider trade group to call for state-by-state medical liability reform to preserve access to services while reducing providers’ liability costs. “Rising liability costs add to the many challenges already facing our profession,” said Governor Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association/National Coalition for Assisted Living, in a statement about the report. “Lengthy, costly litigation drives up costs for our residents, long term care facilities and ultimately taxpayers. This analysis shows costs exploding in states without meaningful, effective medical liability reform. As state and federal governments search for ways to contain health care costs, this is one area that warrants close examination.” Paying higher liability costs is yet another burden that could impact long-term care facilities, many of which are already battling the effects of the average 11.1% cuts to Medicare reimbursements that went into effect last October, says Aon in its 2012 Long Term Care General Liability and Professional Liability Actuarial Analysis. “With reduced revenue, providers will find it more difficult to fund in expansion and…

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July 2012 Newsletter

Protect Patients Now Volume 7, Issue 7 July 2012 Newsletter E-Newsletter Special points of interest: Liability Causes Long Term Care Costs to Skyrocket New Jersey Patients Coming Up Short Leading Voice on Health Care Supports Liability Reform Liability Causes Long Term Care Costs to Skyrocket Long term care facilities, already in demand and facing dwindling reimbursements and resources, find themselves on the brink of a cost crisis – unless reforms are made to our broken medical liability system. This is according to a new report by Aon Risk Solutions, which led to calls for medical liability reform by the American Health Care Association/National Coalition for Assisted Living, a long term care advocacy organization. “Lengthy, costly litigation drives up costs for our residents, long term care facilities and ultimately taxpayers. This analysis shows costs exploding in states without meaningful, effective medical liability reform. As state and federal governments search for ways to contain health care costs, this is one area that warrants close examination,” said Mark Parkinson, Governor and CEO of the National Coalition for Assisted Living. The report found that since 2005, liability costs have grown from $1,040 per bed to a projected $1,480 in 2012; they’re expect to rise again in…

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