Don’t touch my income
Re: “MedPAC offers path to SGR repeal,” ModernHealthcare.com, Oct. 6: As in any other political decision process, every group will fight for what they consider appropriate and not one will accept to be “underpaid” or in any way decrease their income.
I guess this is an issue that will have to continue as whoever squeaks less will be cut more. The reality is, however, that we have to be almost certain of what areas can be sacrificed to the preservation of what is essential for patients’ improved outcomes with the least expensive approach. To me the recommendations from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission sound just fine.
No one wants to look at the real bottom-line income, as it is not convenient for specific groups.
Dr. Gilbert Handal Pediatric infectious disease specialist
faculty member Texas Tech University Paul Foster School of Medicine
El Paso ple and collaborative team management.”
The “eerie silence” described by those of us who were there was due, no doubt, to Dr. Bowman’s calm and thoughtful presence. He delivered care to frightened and bleeding patients, old and young, with a personal touch.
He made the hard choices that had to be made, and he understood the pain of those executing his orders. His humble acceptance of proffers of thanks, his unwillingness to take credit, to put himself front and center—he is certainly my Physician Executive of the Year.
Susan A. Hileman Grandparents in Residence
Tucson, Ariz. Editor’s note: Read a profile of Dr. Bowman in this issue on p. 31