Data Released in ChenMed Study

Gordon Chen, MD and others at ChenMed have done the DPC movement (and primary care in general) a data favor with their new study entitled High-Touch Care Leads to Better Outcomes and Lower Costs in a Senior Population.  While ChenMed uses a Medicare Advantage model (similar to Iora Health) that is not common for stand alone DPC practices, there are lots of similarities that are worth observing.  Their data reviewed care for 17,711 patients receiving care between 01/02/2014 and 03/27/2015. 

House Ways & Means Committee Vote Update!

House Ways & Means Committee Vote Update!

The House Ways and Means Committee met today (07/11/18) to discuss several health savings account reforms, and the Primary Care Enhancement Act (PCEA) was among them.  You can hear a recording of their discussion from 1:30 to 1:45 using this link.  Fortunately the PCEA passed (on a bipartisan basis) by a vote of 26 to 12.  As written the PCEA solves the HSA debate for the majority of DPC practices charging less than $150 per member per month.  I expect that the vote in the full House of Representatives will be favorable also.  This is the good news.  

Now for the frustrating news:

Legislative Update

State Update: (in no particular order)

Nebraska - LB 1119
Maryland - HB0718 and SB0531
Florida - SB 80 and HB 37 
South Carolina - House Bill 4643 
Pennsylvania - HB 1739 and SB 926 
Wisconsin - Senate Bill 670 

Federal Update:

The Primary Care Enhancement Act (HR 365) and (SB 1358)
Health Savings Account Act (HR 1280)
The Health Savings Act of 2017 (SB 403
The Chronic Disease Management Act of 2018 (SB # TBD
The American Health Care Reform Act of 2017 (HR 277)