An ode to healthcare in 2013
IPAB, PCORI (of which neither I’m keen).
The FDA trying to do the right thing
While the Doc Fix sends physicians to pawn all their bling.
New state exchanges will make us all guess
And there’s dual eligible coding down at CMS.
What will become of the tax on devices
Will it come down to a Congressional role of the dices?
Obamacare will result in rule-making galore
And who knows what Kathleen Sebelius might have in store?
What health benefits will be seen as “essential”
And how will they be viewed in the Manse Presidential?
What of the pharmacists' expanding new role
Will academic detailing be the price of their soul?
Will innovation be daunted via less exclusivity
Or will clearer minds win the day with lucidity?
Will we move closer to embracing effectiveness that’s comparative
Or will we discover a more personalized narrative?
All this and more in the New Year, my friends
Let’s hope that it centers on a patient’s best ends.