Health Groups Turn Up Heat on 2021 Medicare Fee Schedule

WASHINGTON — Physician groups and other healthcare providers continued expressing their dissatisfaction with the 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

“While we support the CPT coding revisions and revaluations of office and outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services recommended by the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee [RUC], we strongly oppose the proposed budget neutrality reduction proffered by CMS for these and other physician fee schedule changes proposed for 2021,” said a letter sent Monday to CMS Administrator Seema Verma from 47 medical and health specialty groups including the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Radiology, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The groups represent 1.4 million providers, including physicians, social workers, and speech-language pathologists.

If adopted as proposed, the fee schedule would “reduce Medicare payment for services provided in patients’ homes, physician offices, non-physician practices, therapy clinics, skilled

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How Miami Heat Center Meyers Leonard And His Wife Elle Leonard Built A Health Food Company

In late 2016, at his wife’s behest, then-Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard met with Philip Goglia, a renowned nutritionist based in Los Angeles. For months, Leonard had been feeling lethargic, had trouble sleeping and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. It didn’t take long before Goglia changed Leonard’s diet, including having him eliminate gluten, dairy and processed sugars. Leonard, who was in his fifth NBA season, saw immediate results.

“He changed my career and my life,” said Leonard, who now plays for the Miami Heat, which trail the Los Angeles Lakers, two games to one, in the NBA Finals.

Still,

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NBA Finals lack drama as Lakers are too much for injured Heat

It was supposed to be the sport’s biggest stage. In our bizarre attempt to outlast the novel coronavirus, it was supposed to be grandest athletic event held thus far. The Finals, however, rates as merely good enough.

It’s something to do, about as compelling as watching a daytime talk show host address a virtual audience. It’s better than nothing. But it’s not what we are used to.

The NBA was determined to crown a champion, safely and definitively. The league will do that — and then promptly forget this awkward conclusion.

The Lakers lead the Good Enough Finals, 2-0. They have outscored the Heat by 28 points. Miami played better in Game 2, but it still lost by double figures, 124-114. We’ve seen the Finals start much worse and end up being fantastic. For instance, four years ago, Golden State dominated Cleveland in the first two game, but at the

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Pandemic Risks Overwhelming Wisconsin as New York ‘Hot Spots’ Heat Up | Top News

By Jonathan Allen and Lisa Shumaker

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wisconsin, where U.S. President Donald Trump will hold rallies over the weekend, registered a record increase in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, while New York state reported a worrisome uptick of positive coronavirus tests in 20 ‘hot spots.’

The 3,000 new infections reported in Wisconsin fanned fears that the sheer number of new patients could overwhelm hospitals. Florida, which has four times as many people as Wisconsin, reported 2,628 new cases on Thursday.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued an emergency order easing licensing rules in a bid to bolster the number of healthcare workers able to deal with the mounting crisis.

“Our emergency department has had several instances in the past week where it was past capacity and needed to place patients in beds in the hallways,” Bellin Health, which runs a hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, said in a

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Heat and Drought Team Up More Frequently, With Disastrous Results

The combination of drought conditions and heat waves, which can make wildfires more likely, is becoming increasingly common in the American West, according to a new study. The results may be predictably disastrous.

It has been well established that both droughts and heat waves have been occurring more frequently in recent decades. And while those conditions can cause damage singly, “their concurrence can be even more devastating,” the authors wrote.

What used to be a rare weather double whammy has been occurring more frequently in recent decades because of climate change, said Mojtaba Sadegh, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Boise State University and an author of the new study, published Wednesday in Science Advances. “These events, dry-hot events, are intensifying,” he said. “This is rising at an alarming rate.”

The new paper extends the historical weather record from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration back 122 years and

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