Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

“Cer­tainly re­sources have ex­changed hands, be­cause it takes quite a bit to launch a new ini­tia­tive. And to the credit of our cor­po­rate part­ner, the re­sources we re­ceive are re­ceived for the broad con­struct of heart health and mes­sag­ing to use phys­i­cally ac­tive play to in­crease ac­tiv­ity in many seden­tary in­di­vid­u­als. … The logo’s not for sale. What we’re do­ing is pro­mot­ing a mes­sage that’s in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant.” —Clyde Yancy, pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, to ABC News on the group’s de­ci­sion to en­dorse the Nintendo Wii video game sys­tem and Nintendo’s $1.5 mil­lion gift to the group to

sup­port a heart-health ini­tia­tive. “You do Medi­care for God and coun­try be­cause you lose money on it. The only way to pro­vide cost-ef­fec­tive care is out­side the Medi­care sys­tem, a sys­tem with­out con­stant pa­per­work and headaches and in­ad­e­quate re­im­burse­ment. … I’ve been in prac­tice 24 years, and a lot of my pa­tients got old right along with me. It’s stress­ful to tell them you’re leav­ing Medi­care and they’re re­spon­si­ble for pay­ments if they want to stay with you. You feel like you’re aban­don­ing them.” —Guy Culpep­per, a Dal­las-area fam­ily prac­tice doc­tor who opted

out of Medi­care in March, in the Hous­ton Chron­i­cle. The paper found that more than 300 Texas doc­tors have dropped Medi­care in

the past two years.

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