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April 3, 1967


JAMA. 1967;200(1):A43-A44. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120140031005

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Medicare Hearings Hess Promoted Patient Consent Rules Changed Survey Of Health Manpower Miscellany

Medicare Hearings Continue—  The College of American Pathologists contended at Congressional hearings that the HEW Department has ignored Congress' intent in carrying out Medicare's Part B regulations.Testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee, Ernest E. Simard, MD, college president, said the Part B requirements "effectively prevent the hospital-based pathologist, except in those instances where he personally has reviewed the specimen or file of the individual, from separating his physician's fees from hospital charges and billing the patient or his carrier for such medical fees."Dr. Simard said this "was not the desire of Congress and has caused a disruption of existing patterns between doctors and hospitals and has been in large part responsible for the administrative quagmire which has caused HEW to seek the enactment of Part C."The proposed Part C plan in effect