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Obviously the big story this week in health care policy was the House vote to repeal the health care reform law. Because the repeal bill is extremely unlikely to be passed by the Senate, this will most likely be the end of the action pushing for total repeal. Our first story this week looks at the vote and where the challenges to health care reform are likely to move to from here. Also, if you’re interested in a little more discussion about why I believe this is more than just a symbolic vote, check out my blog entry from Tuesday.
Pay special attention to our second story this week about the Medicare e-Prescribing Incentive Program. The program is now entering the phase where physicians who fail to begin e-prescribing will be subject to a penalty. Luckily, you still have time to avoid the penalty and earn an incentive payment. Click on the links at the end of that story for more information on how to become compliant.
Finally, our last story this week is another installment in our series on health care reform. This week we look at incentives included in the law for employer-sponsored wellness programs.
For more coverage of what’s happening in Washington, take a look at my award-winning blog, The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty. You can also follow me on Twitter @BobDohertyACP.
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Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American College of Physicians