On Jan. 11, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted to recommend scrapping the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System because it “cannot succeed.” One can only hope that this is a sign that the US health policy community is finally ready to face the fact that there is no problem in American health care that government has not made worse. ObamaCare rules have been more about wishful thinking, power, and cronyism than patient welfare or any realistic commitment to policies known to improve health care cost and quality.
For a small example of how ObamaCare cronyism increases costs, one needs to go no farther than the Affordable Care Act’s change to Section 1848 of the Social Security Laws. It defined a “Maintenance of Certification Program” (MOC) as “a continuous assessment program, such as qualified American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Maintenance of Certification program or an equivalent program (as determined by the Secretary).”
Read the whole article originally published in The Hill on January 17, 2018.