March 1, 2013
The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System leadership sent this letter today outlining how much federal budget cuts will cost the medical system. From: Paul B. Rothman and Ronald R. Peterson [ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ] Sent: Friday, March 01, 2013 1:50 PM To: Subject: Update on Sequestration To JHM faculty, staff and students Dear Colleagues, Yesterday's decision on sequestration and its impact on academic medicine have reverberated throughout our halls.
February 22, 2013
As a 35-year employee of St. Joseph Medical Center, I have followed with interest your coverage of issues the hospital has faced over the last several years. While overall the reporting has been accurate, the most recent articles have not conveyed a fair or accurate picture of the hospital's efforts to regain its stellar reputation ("St. Joseph center not certified by Medicare," Feb. 13). Under the new management by the University of Maryland, there has been diligent examination of every detail of the hospital's operation by management as well as all staff.
February 11, 2013
In December, a young man in Newtown, Conn., killed 20 small children and seven adults, including his mother, and then committed suicide. This tragic massacre has prompted legislators to reexamine firearms laws and quickly propose legislation that might prevent future mass murders. Much of it focuses on people who have sought mental health care. The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation that requires mental health clinicians to report patients who are potentially dangerous for the purpose of restricting their access to guns.
January 26, 2013
A recent article highlighted the dysfunction resulting from the broken Medicare physician payment system ("End the 'doc fix' charade, once and for all," Jan. 22). Physicians who care for millions of Medicare patients across our nation are weary of the destabilizing series of scheduled cuts and short-term patches, coupled with payment rates that have fallen well below the rate of inflation over the past decade. It is widely agreed that Congress must eliminate this problem once and for all. But this is only the first step.
January 22, 2013
Doctors are breathing a collective sigh of relief because we again escaped a cut in Medicare payments. But this whole recurrent charade underscores, once again, the unresolved issue of how to pay doctors. The fiscal cliff rescue included the usual "doc fix" - an override of the 27 percent Medicare reimbursement cut required by the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) law this year. That law has dictated annual cuts in Medicare reimbursement, which have been overridden by Congress annually. Nevertheless, this escape only postponed the crisis for older patients for another year.
December 19, 2012
Among the select few physicians honored with the prestigious Patients' Choice Award this year is Dr. David Jaffe, of Havre de Grace. Of the nation's 870,000 active physicians and dentists, just five percent consistently received top scores from their patients on sites like Vitals (http://www.vitals.com), qualifying them for this honor in 2012. Millions of patients go online each year to rate their doctors on various components of care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor's bedside manner and follow-up care.