Podcast interview with Kathy Roe of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

The federal stimulus bill signed into law last month contains more than $100 billion of health care related funding, including roughly $20 billion for health care IT. After reading through the legislation I still had a lot of unanswered questions about how this money will be made available, when and to whom.

So I got in touch with Kathy Roe, a partner in the Health Law Practice group at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg in Chicago to get the inside scoop. Kathy answered a number of questions including:

  • What aspects of the stimulus are relevant for HIT?
  • Why is the money provided in the form of incentive payments rather than directly for the purchase of hardware, software and services?
  • How should physicians and hospitals respond to the stimulus?
  • What is meaningful use? Do people installing systems today have to worry about whether they’ll qualify?
  • What is the connection between the HIT funding in the stimulus bill and the broader health care reform agenda?
March 13, 2009

5 thoughts on “Podcast interview with Kathy Roe of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP”

  1. When it comes to implementing the stimulas package, David Zahaluk’s book may have some great ideas on how to use and manage the money received. His book, “The Ultimate Practice Building Book,” a prescription for financial
    (and emotional) health for modern private practices. Dr. Zahaluk details advanced concepts including how to build your practice’s core message and USP, inexpensive retention and referrals systems, direct mail campaigns that work, easy and lucrative joint ventures in your own community, coding pearls and how to get more out of your staff than you ever dreamed possible.

  2. Specifically, we need to invest in a new health system that can tackle the growing problem of chronic disease, which is crippling both our health care system and our economy.

    Of the $2.2 trillion we pour into health care each year, a frightening 75 cents of every dollar goes towards treating patients with chronic illnesses. In Medicaid, this figure is an even more regrettable 83 cents of every dollar; in Medicare, it’s an astounding 96 cents.

    Illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, that in many cases could have been prevented by changes in behavior or could be better managed through early detection and appropriate access to treatment, have risen dramatically over the past three decades, leaving Americans in much worse shape at earlier and earlier ages.

    The rise in obesity is at the root of this increase. With younger and younger Americans suffering from overweight and obesity, the outlook is grim for finding a solution to stem rising health costs short of helping Americans transform their unhealthy behaviors.

    The truth is, we can never expect to improve the affordability of health care until we face the dual crises of obesity and chronic disease. And, until we deal with cost, the chance of extending health care coverage to more Americans is grim.

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