Go back to the enewsletter The National Heritag

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The National Heritage Board (NHB) gazetted the former Fullerton Building, today known as The Fullerton Hotel, as Singapore’s 71st National Monument, concluding a series of gazettes in celebration of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. This grand Neoclassical building situated at the mouth of the Singapore River was once Singapore’s General Post Office, and housed several government departments, where some of Singapore’s pioneer leaders began their careers. It has also been witness to several historic events during the Japanese Occupation and the post-war period.Ms Jean Wee, Director of the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) division, NHB, says, “The former Fullerton Building is one of the most iconic colonial buildings in Singapore, standing at the mouth of the Singapore River and defining the Singapore skyline since the 1920s. Beyond its grand façade and beautiful architecture, it is filled with many priceless memories of our nation’s growth throughout the years – from the former General Post Office to government offices, it has served multiple functions that mark the tumultuous times we have lived through, and the steps taken to build our country.“As we celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, we reflect on the trail history has left on our landscape, and, in turn, accord those that are nationally significant the highest form of preservation and recognition. 2015’s gazettes of the former Fullerton Building, together with Jurong Town Hall and Istana Kampong Gelam as National Monuments, collectively add more architectural diversity, and, more importantly, many more layers of stories to our cultural legacy for future generations.”Mr Giovanni Viterale, General Manager, The Fullerton Heritage, says, “This is a historic moment, and we are privileged and honoured that the Fullerton Building has been gazetted as Singapore’s 71st national monument. Beyond its grand façade and beautiful architecture, the Fullerton Building is filled with countless and poignant memories of Singapore’s growth through the colonial and  pre-independence era till present day. It is a privilege to be operating in a building and precinct immersed so relevantly in Singapore’s history and culture. Today, we mark a new chapter in the building’s future. As we reflect on the legacy of the Fullerton Building, we also look forward to the future of providing new memories and experiences for our local and international visitors.”Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Opposition Building On Capitol Hill To HHS Plan To Cut Medicare Payments

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Modern Healthcare: How Medicare’s Payment Overhaul Tries To Change How Docs Use Tech The Hill: Medicare Battle Brewing On Capitol Hill Modern Healthcare: Senators Want To Halt Change To Medicare Part B Drug Pay Kaiser Health News: FAQ: Medicare Lays Out Plans For Changing Doctors’ Pay Medicare’s new compensation formula will bestow performance bonuses as high as 4% on an estimated 412,000 physicians and other clinicians in 2019 and impose corresponding penalties on another 346,000, mostly in practices of from one to 24 members, according to proposed regulations released yesterday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). One physician organization is expressing dismay about a payment system that seems to work against smaller practices. “It’s extremely concerning,” said Anders Gilberg, senior vice president of government affairs for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), in an interview with Medscape Medical News. “Any program like this should give physicians the opportunity to succeed regardless of practice size.” (Lowes, 4/28) And more details are emerging about the government’s plan for changing how Medicare pays doctors — Federal officials have unveiled their roadmap to a revamped Medicare physician payment system designed to reward doctors and other clinicians for the quality of care delivered, rather than the quantity. The proposed regulation would replace a patchwork of programs that now govern physician payments in Medicaid. It would allow doctors to choose from a new menu of measures and activities that officials said would be tailored to the type of care clinicians provide in Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service program. (Carey, 4/29) Medscape: New Medicare Penalty Hits Small Groups, Solo Physicians Hardest Senate Finance Committee members from both parties told the CMS on Thursday not to go forward with a Medicare Part B initiative to change how hospitals and doctors are reimbursed for outpatient drugs. The CMS announced the mandatory change last month to criticism from some doctors and insurers as well as the pharmaceutical lobby. The five-year pilot program borne out of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation would, starting this year, decrease the percentage of a drug’s average sales price paid to providers from 6% to 2.5% while adding a flat payment of $16.80 per drug a day. (Muchmore, 4/28) Opposition Building On Capitol Hill To HHS Plan To Cut Medicare Payments For Some Drugs The plan would reduce payments to doctors and hospitals for some outpatient drugs. An Obama administration proposal aimed at fighting high drug prices is facing a backlash on Capitol Hill. Republicans say the pilot program that would change how Medicare pays for certain drugs should be scrapped, while congressional Democrats are expressing serious concerns and seeking changes, but generally do not want to terminate it completely. (Sullivan, 4/28) Medicare’s new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime the government has used for the past five years to judge whether the providers deserve to be rewarded for using electronic health records.But that doesn’t mean Medicare will no longer hold physicians accountable for incorporating information technology into the practice of medicine. And physicians may still struggle to clear the bar, even though the law and the proposed rule issued by the CMS have made significant efforts to make the new framework less rigid and more valuable. (Rubenfire, 4/29) last_img read more