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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Who is Tom Price MD?

Congressman Tom Price, previously practicing orthopedic surgeon in Georgia, and now our incoming Health Secretary.  Price is most known for being a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Unlike many others who have denounced the current healthcare system known as Obamacare, Dr. Price presented a replacement plan delineating exactly how he would do so called the Empowering Patients First Act.

This proposal was reflective of his belief the government has overstepped its boundaries interfering with the traditional doctor-patient relationship.  With tax credits, health savings accounts, state grants and other marketing incentives his plan would encourage competition within the insurance industry in an effort to wean the 20 million Americans off of their ACA coverage and back into private plans.

Although few details are available pertaining to a healthcare replacement policy, President-elect Trump and Congressional Republicans will be under tremendous pressure to fill the promise of repealing a large portion of the ACA in early 2017. Despite this verbal pre and post campaign commitment, Senate Republicans lack a filibuster-proof majority and, therefore, a complete repeal of Obamacare will be difficult if not impossible to achieve, at least without a solid replacement plan proposal. As a result, Congressional Republicans will likely rely on a special parliamentary trick called “budget reconciliation” to eliminate large chunks of the ACA by stabilizing its funding resulting in an expiration period of funding.

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The purpose of this page is to inform SBI members about legislative updates that impact breast imaging and breast imagers. Dr. Nicole Saphier will be contributing and providing the posts on a quarterly basis. 

About Nicole B. Saphier, MD: 

I am a board certified radiologist with fellowship training in Oncologic Imaging and am the Director of Breast Imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth facility. I see patients at MSK in New York City as well as at MSK Monmouth New Jersey with my primary clinical focus of breast imaging and intervention, including mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI.

In addition to breast imaging, I am active in healthcare leadership, policy, and advocacy at local and national levels as well as holding a seat on the RADPAC board. Although I see many patients every year, being involved in advocacy and legislation allows me to reach infinitely more. I am also the creator of the Twitter hashtag #RadsHaveAFace which I developed in an effort to bring radiologists out of the dark and into the light in our rapidly changing healthcare paradigm.

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