Many Health Care Providers, Suppliers Not Ready For Disaster Readiness Rule
The New York Times reports that the rule, which is designed to protect against severe gaps in patient care after major disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, gives the health industry just over a year to prepare. Meanwhile, KQED examines the impact of physicians opting for subscription models instead of insurance and Hawaii's largest insurer is moving forward with a plan to change the way primary care physicians are paid.
The New York Times:
Health Care Providers Scramble To Meet New Disaster Readiness Rule
An estimated 72,315 American health care providers and suppliers — from hospitals and nursing homes to dialysis facilities and care homes for those with intellectual disabilities — will have a little over a year to meet federal disaster preparedness requirements completed this week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The new rule is aimed at preventing the severe breakdown in patient care that followed disasters including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, while also strengthening the ability to provide services during other types of emergencies, such as pandemics and terrorist attacks. (Fink, 9/9)
When Doctors Dump Insurance For Subscription Model, Who Benefits?
[Dr. Lorraine Page is] one of a growing number of doctors who have cut loose from what she calls the “assembly-line, volume approach” that most of her colleagues have experienced. These breakaway docs are now using a health care delivery model called direct primary care. Page has cut back on the number of patients she sees, and spends more time with the ones she does. She doesn’t take insurance and deals mostly in cash. Page charges each time she sees a patient, but most direct primary care doctors bill a monthly fee for unlimited visits. (Gorn, 9/11)
Hawaii's Largest Insurer Will Cap Physician Payments
Hawaii’s largest health insurer is plowing ahead with an ambitious plan to dramatically overhaul the way primary care doctors are paid — by giving them a monthly per patient fee. The Hawaii Medical Service Association, which covers more than half of the state’s 1.4 million residents, in January will start paying physicians a standard monthly rate per patient. It's part of health care industry’s effort — with encouragement from the Obama administration — to move away from a fee-for-service system that payers say encourages overtreatment and overspending. (Ehley, 9/9)