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Policy Diagnosis: CMS Fields Comments on Controversial Rule Through June 27

Editor’s Note: A proposed rule posted to the federal government website Regulations.gov on May 9, 2016 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) received 1,522 mailed or emailed comments by June 22 from people concerned or otherwise interested in how the rule would use a government scoring system to reimburse doctors and give legal authority to access patient medical records at any time in the name of quality monitoring. Dr. Mike Koriwchak, vice president of Docs4PatientCare...

Massachusetts Considers Imposing Statewide Single-Payer Health Care System

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering two bills that would institute a statewide single-payer health care system. Senate Bill 579, “an act establishing Medicare for all in Massachusetts,” was heard by the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on March 2 and remains in committee with its counterpart, House Bill 1026. Combined, the bills are cosponsored by 54 Democrats. No Republican lawmakers agreed to cosponsor either bill. For a single-payer system to take effect in 2016, lawmakers would...

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