Patients Over Paperwork

Here is what the CMS is up to now. I guess they want to fix things. They want “public input on how to continue progress in the Patients over Paperwork initiative to reduce administrative burden and lower costs.”

Here is what they want to improve. I put my thoughts in parentheses:

  • Reporting and documentation requirements (remove them)
  • Coding and documentation requirements for Medicare or Medicaid payment (get rid of them)
  • Prior authorization procedures (not needed)
  • Policies and requirements for rural providers, clinicians, and beneficiaries (no need)
  • Policies and requirements for dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid (no need)
  • Beneficiary enrollment and eligibility determination (whatever)
  • CMS processes for issuing regulations and policies (just don’t)

Direct primary care removes basically all of this. The administrative burdens are artificial.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]