Two aspects of the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment and Modernization Act of 2014 have been widely reported in the radiology press; less has been said about the language in HR 4015/S 2000 that would eliminate penalties for eligible professionals who fail to comply with meaningful-use criteria by 2017.
In dissecting stage 2 of meaningful use, Alberto Goldszal, PhD, summarizes the meaningful-use challenge for radiologists: “In the meaningful-use rules, you are going to see some specific examples of things that are changing the radiology workflow that are perceived as a contraindication for radiology efficiency,” he says. “Overall, it does improve patient care—at least, that is the intended goal.”
After kicking the can down the road on the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for more than a decade, health policymakers appear to be reaching consensus on some of the elements needed in a strategy for the reform of physician payment, health economist Gail R. Wilensky, PhD, writes in Health Affairs.
Humans resist change: This is the bane of leaders, both seasoned and new to the game—particularly, at the moment, in health care. N. Reed Dunnick, MD, says, “We have many things going on, in our field, that require us to change.”