Regarding “AHA pleased but wary on fiscal commission vote” (ModernHealthcare.com, Dec. 3): I believe that there is much room for cutting our budget deficit by various reforms in the healthcare system, some of which are proposed by the bipartisan committee. It will be very interesting to see how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect the quality and cost of healthcare through the new payment methods of accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes and bundled payments.
As I recall, former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt in an inter- view with Modern Healthcare said that these were the new vehicles that would drive reform.
I believe that an ACO based upon the patient-centered medical home model for primary-care providers would be an excellent vehicle for delivering quality, safe and efficient care.
Donald “Tex” Bryant Bryant’s Healthcare Solutions Lowell, Mich.
This news combined with the news that the tax break is going to be extended to everyone, clearly shows that neither party is serious about reducing the deficit. Extending the tax breaks increases the deficit.
Anyone who thinks the deficit can be eliminated simply with cuts to programs has the arrogance to think that people will not take to the streets.
Our politicians are now just playing to their base, which is a euphemism for playing to the fringe on both the ludicrous left and ridiculous right, both of who can remain invisible by virtue of the Supreme Court decision to mask donors to “special political committees” that just funnel the money to the mainstream candidates.
The 80% of this country’s people, who are pragmatic, fair and seek the greatest good for the greatest number, need to wake up and take back the discussion and address the big picture to preserve and protect the United States of America. It is that serious!
Brian Shea Vice president Collection Bureau Hudson Valley New Fairfield, Conn.