|Medicare Physician Payment Cut Tops AMA, MGMA 2008 Agendas|
UPDATE at endhttp://mana-sara.medicalnewsinc.com/admin_publish.php?newArticle=yes
Bondware Administrator :: Tampa Bay Medical News of story: Cut temporarily averted
Physicians are slated to take a 10.1 percent Medicare rate cut this year, and the heads of two of healthcare’s powerful advocacy groups — the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) — say the payment slash is bad news for more than doctors. It’s bad news for America’s seniors.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|Stemming an Epidemic|
Continuing Efforts to Turn the Tide on Obesity
People living at a healthy weight in the Southeast are in a clear minority.
A generation ago, less than 10 percent of those in the region would have been classified as “obese.” Today, one-third of the southeastern population is clinically defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, making it one of the heaviest regions in the country. When the issue is extended to include those considered to be “overweight,” the percentages climb sky high.