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NAMDRC Addresses Medical Device Innovation

The 2016 Annual Meeting and Educational Conference of the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC) was recently held at The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort, Rancho Mirage, California. This meeting focused on The Role of Technology in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and continued the well-established tradition of combining evolving science with experienced clinical perspective.

Telemedicine on the Washington Agenda

One of Congress’ legislative goals, over the last decade, has been to reduce the utilization of acute care hospital beds. Recognizing this shift in care location, private equity dollars have been flowing into the development of mobile technology, new primary care delivery models, and telehealth. Thought leaders in Congress, professional societies and healthcare systems have bee n taking steps to address existing regulatory barriers to expand the use of this technology.

The 2016 Office of Inspector General Work Plan

For 2016, The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of Health and Human Services, the largest inspector general's office in the Federal Government, will be continuing to increase its focus on provider compensation in the Medicare program through implementation of sophisticated data analytics and predictive algorithms. OIG’s independent and objective oversight of the programs and operations of HHS are shaped by legislative and budgetary requirements. The great majority of the OIG’s work is focused on Medicare and Medicaid programs with roughly three quarters of its total funding


2015 has been a busy year for the NAMDRC leadership. In addition to assembling a cutting edge annual meeting and pursuing an active advocacy agenda, the organization has taken the lead in establishing an approach to the problem of respiratory compromise developing in the hospitalized patient.

The 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Expands Physician Compare

Starting in 2006, both the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and Congress expressed the belief that providing beneficiaries with information regarding physician practices would help them make informed decisions about their choice of physician and encourage clinicians to improve the quality of care they provide. To establish this policy, the Affordable Care Act required that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop an internet website, Physician Compare, with information on physicians enrolled in the Medicare program.

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