Health Care Reform is THE 2011 TOPIC of debate, confusion, and misinformation amongst many health care providers, physicians, businesses, and citizens.  As the co-author of a book related to the future of health care titled “The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America” and as a health care attorney who specializes in advising clients about how to take advantage of health care reform, I have decided to Blog about my book and this topic for the indefinite future.

What will health care reform look like?  How will reform impact me?  Will health care reform be ruled unconstitutional?  How can I succeed following reform?  Will Americans continue to enjoy prosperity?

My Blog will be titled “The Ups and Downs of Health Care Reform”.

Here are a few Ups and Downs for the week:

My book “The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America

My co-author, David Houle, and I are making final edits to the book.  We are targeting Labor Day to have all the edits done!  Those who have read a draft of the book continue to give us high praises.  The book cover quote will be:

“The New Health Age offers a succinct primer on how we got here and where we should be taking the health of our nation”.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., Host, The Dr. Oz Show

Health Care Reform Law Draws Closer To the U.S. Supreme Court –

In a 2-1 ruling on August 12th, an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel declared the health reform law’s individual mandate to purchase insurance unconstitutional.  According to the Heritage Foundation, health care reform laws will likely go before the Supreme Court in the years ahead.  That said, countless programs and regulations are charging ahead out of Washington D.C. and in many states under the assumption that much of health care reform is here to stay.

Long Awaited Health-Insurance Exchange Regulations Released

CMS and the Department of Treasury proposed new regulations targeted at making it easier for consumers to buy private health insurance through insurance exchanges established by Health Care Reform Laws.  The goal of the new regulations is to reduce the administrative burden on states who elect to establish exchanges.  The regulations help states determine who is eligible for insurance through the exchanges, and they set standards for employers participating in the Small Business Health Options Program. The proposed regulations seek to align eligibility for private insurance with eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Congress Cuts Reimbursement to Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) in a Major Way – Estimated At $79 Billion Over 10 Years

SNFs are not pleased!

The American Medical Associations Pushes the New Congressional Debt Super Committee to

1) Fix Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Problem (i.e., eliminate the massive cuts to Medicare Reimbursement) and

2) Move for Tort Reform

More UPS and DOWNS to follow!