When It Comes To Wounds, CMS Tells Hospitals 'Size Doesn’t Matter'

Lee C. Rogers DPM
12/27/13 | 3463 reads | 2 comments
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) recently released the 2014 coverage decisions for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). Many of the changes will affect both in wound care centers and outpatient surgeries in hospitals. These changes will not directly affect physician reimbursement but they will limit what modalities physicians can use in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). This will directly affect our patients and the available procedures we can perform. Read More.

What Does The Potential Government Shutdown Mean For Doctors?

Lee C. Rogers DPM
9/30/13 | 5001 reads | 0 comments
If you haven’t heard what’s going on in Washington, you must not have had the TV on in the OR lounge. I just returned from Washington and the mood is somber in the congressional offices as everyone prepares for what appears to be an imminent shutdown due to an impasse over the budget. Read More.

Why The Proposed 2014 Medicare Reimbursement Changes Will Harm Providers and Patients

Lee C. Rogers DPM
8/20/13 | 10648 reads | 0 comments
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published proposed changes to the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for 2014. Some of these changes will have a real impact on patients and providers. 1. A proposed change to the skin substitute policy to bundle payment of the graft and the procedure together. Read More.

How The Sunshine Act Could Adversely Affect Podiatry Conferences

Lee C. Rogers DPM
7/31/13 | 2603 reads | 2 comments
Beginning August 1, terms of the Sunshine Act mandate the collection of information regarding payments to physicians from pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and subsequent reporting of these payments on a public website in 2014. If you are thinking, “I don’t receive any payments from those entities so it won’t affect me,” think again. Read More.

Are We Finally Ready To Fix The Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Formula?

Lee C. Rogers DPM
6/27/13 | 2184 reads | 0 comments
After several years of predicted physician pay decreases, people are finally talking about replacing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. This formula calculated an adjustment to the physician fee schedule of -21.3 percent in 2010, -25 percent in 2011 and -27.4 percent in 2012. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 had averted the most recent decrease and replaced the conversion factor with 0 percent until 2014. In all, Congress has overridden scheduled cuts 15 times since 2003. Read More.

Is The Affordable Care Act Affordable?

Lee C. Rogers DPM
5/30/13 | 4631 reads | 0 comments
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn’t all roses. In fact, it might be half roses and half weeds. However, in California this week, Covered California, the statewide private insurance exchange, released pricing for the individual insurance market. This resulted in both consumers and advocates smelling roses. Read More.

Emphasizing The Importance Of Preparation For Emergency Situations

Lee C. Rogers DPM
4/30/13 | 2589 reads | 0 comments
By now, we have heard how brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev constructed the bombs at the Boston Marathon with a pressure cooker and metal projectiles, and placed the bombs in backpacks on the ground. Due to the low positioning of the bombs, their blasts caused many lower extremity injuries and three deaths, including one child whose vital organs were closer to the ground. In total, more than 175 injuries occurred. It is unknown how many suffered amputations but a Boston Medical Center statement revealed that out of 23 patients treated there, five underwent amputations. Read More.

Is Gun Violence A Podiatric Health Issue?

Lee C. Rogers DPM
3/25/13 | 2734 reads | 0 comments
After the tragic shooting of 20 first graders and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, both lawmakers and the President have promised action. Many Americans see gun violence as a political issue and offer their own opinions on the Second Amendment, albeit something only the Supreme Court can do. Certainly, politicians are needed to act on the issue of gun violence but let’s look at it from a medical perspective. Read More.

Federal Budget Sequestration And Healthcare: A Physical Examination Of The Side Effects

Lee C. Rogers DPM
2/27/13 | 2890 reads | 2 comments
“Sequestration” is the government jargon for the across-the-board federal budget cuts to begin on Friday, March 1. If you remember, in 2011, Congress traveled to the brink of default after refusing to raise the debt ceiling without significant spending cuts. Read More.