Blog | Monday, April 19, 2010

QD: News Every Day--'House' calls

For all the ups and downs of getting health care reform signed into law, it was easy compared to the task of actually implementing it. Even as White House staff turn the law into actionable steps, special interest groups continue to lobby for advantages even as the law is implemented. No wonder people are still confused about how health reform will affect them. (New York Times, AP, Los Angeles Times)

So patients turn to a source of information they trust: their doctors. Even though physicians may not understand the legalese as well as they do medicine, what doctor hasn't spent the better part of a day interpreting Medicare coverage, untangling private insurance issues, or now explaining the law of the land as well. Roger Evans, FACP, of Wichita, Kan., tells his story. (New York Times)

Other doctors are taking it a step further. They're not just reading the legislation, they want to help draft it. Spurred in part by watching health care reform pass, forty-seven doctors are running for Congress this year, three times the number currently seated. (USA Today)