Sec. Price considered ally in reform efforts
New Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and former Republican congressman from Georgia, has opposed many of the task force’s recommendations and is considered by many to be an ally in the reform effort. Urology organizations welcomed his nomination, hoping his experience as a physician will result in favorable health care policies.
Other ACA provisions that could be eliminated by the law’s repeal could include:
- the Open Payments database, which records industry payments to physicians for consulting, research, and other purposes
- a ban on lifetime limits on physical or mental health coverage
- the Medical Health Home Option, which allows states to design health homes to provide comprehensive care coordination for Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic conditions
- closing the prescription drug “donut hole,” which has reduced the amount that beneficiaries must pay out of pocket under the Medicare Part D program
- increased federal funding for anti-fraud efforts and higher penalties for those convicted of fraud, as well as enhanced access by law enforcement to Medicare claims so they can detect fraud.
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