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Physicians Split on Price HHS Nomination

By John Commins  
   December 06, 2016

Mosley said that Price has also been a huge proponent of redoing MACRA, which he feels is onerous and complicated and confusing. Last May, Price came out with the Empowering Patients First Act, which calls for repealing of the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with "patient-centered solutions."

A Colleague
Price's biggest attribute among physicians is that he is a colleague. "He was a doctor for more than 20 years before he entered Congress. He's been in the trenches. He's billed Medicare. He knows the issues," Mosley says.

"Of the last eight HHS secretaries, only three have been physicians, and that's if Price is approved. He's also the chairman of the House Budget Committee, and a lot of physicians said he knows the inner workings of Congress and seems like he can get stuff through."

When asked about care access, however, the returns are less favorable. A plurality (47%) said Price will detract from patients' access to care if his nomination is confirmed, 42% said he will improve access to care, and 11% remain neutral.

"The big concern is figuring out what to do with the 20 million people who became insured under Obamacare," Mosley says. "This repeal and replace, which Price has been a huge proponent of, has a lot of people scared that he is going to come in and whack the thing off at the knees, and then what do we do with those 20 million people? There are also concerns that he is going to reduce CHIP funding." 

John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

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