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 Welcome Larry Bush, MD 2020 PBCMS President 

Larry Bush, MD has practiced the specialized field of Infectious Diseases in Palm Beach County, Florida since 1989. 

Dr. Bush holds the academic positions of Affiliated Professors of Medicine at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at the Florida Atlantic University as well as Affiliated Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he did his residency in Internal Medicine at the Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where he went on to serve as Chief Medical Resident for one year. He completed specialty training as a fellow in Infectious Diseases at the Medical College of Pennsylvania before relocating to south Florida. 

He has authored over 90 peer reviewed medical journal article publications, is a current associate editor of 2 national Infectious Diseases journals and continues to author book chapters in medical reference books and the Infectious Diseases component of the  American College of Physician study program.


 

   

 

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News from the AMA

The House Ways and Means Committee issued an outline of that panel’s bipartisan proposal for addressing surprise medical bills.  Some details are vague and it could be after the holidays before we see legislative language.  Nonetheless, direct conversations and written material signal that the committee’s approach offers improvements over the recently issued agreement reached between the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pension (HELP) Committee. 

  • Like other proposals, the Ways & Means plan would limit patients’ out-of-pocket costs to the amounts they would have owed if they had the opportunity to choose in-network physicians and facilities to provide their care. 
  • An independent dispute resolution (IDR) system is also included.  However, unlike other proposals, Ways & Means does not restrict IDR to claims above a certain threshold amount, nor does it establish a payment benchmark based on in-network payment amounts. 
  • Price and network transparency provisions and protections for patients whose provider networks change during the plan year are also included.  Uninsured or cash-paying patients would also have access to IDR if they are given misleading cost information prior to obtaining services. 

After the outline was released, Committee chair Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) both affirmed their commitment to advancing a balanced approach to address surprise billing early next year, noting that the issue is too complex and important to rush through Congress prior to the holiday recess. 

We will update as the legislative process continues to unfold.

WM Summary Surprise Medical Bills