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a user's guide to health care last week and cover the secret committee of doctors pay in america put out by the american medical association and is up -- the signs codes for every imaginable procedure imaginable purview have seen them and they set the price you and your insurance company have to pay but unlike every other part this code has not kept up with the times and that means it allows them to putted for a 50 hour day that stretches the imagination and here is the best part the federal government and i read the
prices the services pay are up to 50%. you say this may be part of the reason? >> it is a total racket. the ama conducts surveys and they never err on the side to say it is too little but it is so challenging we have to be reimbursed more. gerri: when we talked about this last week that makes no sense of all. give us the example. >> with the intensity of the work required and the time that it takes is the overhead costs so basically that is the incentive for higher reimbursement for procedures so you can remove the ingrown toenail to get paid more than spending half an hour to counsel a patient so incentivizes procedures
so that they can't code for more things. gerri: i don't know any other part of the american system colgate-palmolive does the city will just do this to see what the bears. why is medical pricing the same way? >> was developed by a harvard economist in the '80s and enacted by the reagan administration and the bush and administration tries to bring the medicare costs down. gerri: did it work? >> no. because people gave the system because one way they treat patients is to take gastroenterology, one of the biggest health problems is hepatitis. the doctors don't get paid for those patients so they
are doing colonoscopy is all day but not treating hepatitis that is a bigger problem. gerri: and they want a colonoscopy every 20 minutes a and they cost thousands dollars. dr. stott respond to the ama they said cpt codes is created to provide a common in greenwich that describes medical and surgical and diagnostic services provided by physicians and other health professionals. medical doctors and other professionals right to the cpt codes and experts provide input. does that really explain what is going on in? >> basically a the federal government punted to the of the ama how they would pay for those discrete services and they tried to cap but doctors were paid and then they said you fight over it
to figure how to carve it up. but they were never ordered so now that pot has contained more so medicare doesn't want to get involved so as a specialist has more in the process will overcompensate. gerri: this a blew me away not that the ama will cook up their prices by consulting with doctors but they also make many, a 72 million far more than from their dues of members basically a uncle sam said here is a monopoly you set the prices you make the money. >> there is a reason for that. >> because the ama used to be against socialized medicine when johnson tried
to get medicare and medicaid to congress he said we will let the doctors charge whatever they want then they won't impose medicare and that is why costs have gone up so that while a day went them to get mad. >> if there was a way to get medicare in place what is the biggest problem with the system? >> that doesn't value of physicians' services with of wrong kind of behavior to incentivize to right to long notes due justify the code because that is how you will be reimbursed and audited by medicare. >> doesn't this incentivizes doctors to increase prices?
at the end of the day it is one jack to the medical establishment to increase prices every single year. if you go to the ama doesn't that guaranteed escalating prices? >> but the price control is like at a dinner with 10 other people in the the check even the but every person has the incentive to order the most expensive thing because they will split the check equally so the doctors have the incentive to build because with the price controls thought they don't affect them directly. >> as a physician in a you know, what codes you can bill and which are the higher paying codes and doctors are condescend of
that and that drives the wrong kind of behavior for the services you will. ggrri: i think it is outrageous. e-mail us and get in touch with us. lettuce know where you think i think this is shocked the way the country does business. a great job as always. what do you think? should the ama decide how much you pay for medical procedures? we will share the results at the end of the show. we're just getting warmed up including a great way to improve the value of your home. half in the the rise of part-time workers in america will the 29 hour workweek become a permanent fixture in the economy? ♪ peace of mind ismporta when you're rning a successful business.
part-time workers the number of people working part-time because they cannot find full-time jobs has doubled since 2007 from 4 million net debt 8 million the question is is this a blip in the economy? >> evening the economy is adding part-time jobs in june alone the economy lost 1 million full-time jobs the economists are debating if this is a short-lived phenomenon some business executives argue the health care law is to blame requiring health coverage if they have 50 employees working at least 30 hours per week and ben bernanke said some businesses are saying they are hiring part-time workers over full-time to '04 a the obamacare mandate and to one survey shows business is planned on reducing full-time workers because of
obamacare in 20 percent said they will make no changes and two-thirds say they already offer health care to those working at least 30 hours per week and businesses are still trying to figure out their response to the health care law. >> looking at their data how might i be impacted by the eligibility? definitely they have quantified that into a dollar. it has been the top of my mind for many employers. >> some economists say that it is to blame they point to the sluggish job market and government furloughs' the@ white house denies the health care law will reduce hours said it will reduce subsidies to make health care more affordable.
gerri: which sectors does it hit the hardest? >> what we're hearing is it boils down to the retail folks in hospitality folks that they don't extend health coverage to there are many cases with that 30 our threshold. gerri: date you. now it is time for stories with the stock market closing a record high despite disappointing earnings. the s&p 500 rose to the record high ian the dow just missed it. a good day for the gold miners but netflix shares are falling after a blockbuster earnings they more than quadrupled thanks to the arrival lover "arrested development" and added 630 subscribers a less
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gerri: having a renovation doesn't just give you a place to live but increase the property's value and also a headache but our next guest says there are important steps to take the drama out. so we have the most of today's homeowner. dna, i just did this myself to renovate or master bath there is a dust all over my house weeks later. how do take out the drama? >> somebody that is really involved in remodeling as a profession should be an expert at dust containment the curtains with the zipper
obviously did not have those and that helps a lot and completely cleaning all the time mopping and beckoning from the number one does make a big difference. it will still sneaking its weight in but it can help a lot if you try to contain them right off the bat. gerri: but let me tell you we did have these curtain's up but to get around them was so inconvenient. when it you need to know when you hire that contractor? should you negotiate these kinds of things? >> absolutely ask them what there plan is are they have different ways to control that. drop cloths also if the window is conducive to open the windows to blow the dust out in any way that you can reverse the effects of this central air and heating system to pull it to the center could help but definitely ask your contractor what is his plan to contain the dust and.
gerri: what is your best advice? and how do you keep your time horizon and keep the bill lowe? >> all of the decisions can be one of the most stressful aspects make sure you start early and get the decisions made and to handle that early that is why the job takes longer but we are all a little optimistic in the contracting business a you have to temper that. gerri: anything i should do myself? is there some things that are better done by me? >> a lot of times people
will do some of the demolition themselves i knew a contractor right now the family and the four teenagers are doing the demolition to cut off of water in the power and they and taking care of the trash with dumpsters in cleaning each day and also with the finishing aspect if you feel up to painting in the finishing touches can save a significant amount of money but chartres -- smart shopping to drive down the cost. gerri: the prices have gone up dramatically what are some good swaps that can save me money? >> there is a lot of simulated looking granite countertops you don't have to go with granite and the plastics ltd. is unbelievable how realistic it looks. if it is not in the year and
tear b-s the look there is also simulated materials and do-it-yourself flooring easier than you can imagine. gerri: everyone thinks about renovation and will increase the value of your home? >> kitchen, the center of family life that is ery important but also outdoor living spaces have started a return on your investment as well with a nice comfortable living area that extends the living area to the outside is also well spent. anything view i'd like when you buy a home obviously a prospective buyer would like as well. gerri: i don't know why you could have done my master bath. thank you.
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will let you know, . are you feeling confident you will be able to retire? sova say we can never retire at this rate relying on social security will not be a possibility and it could go broke in five years dependinn on which study looked at we're all worried about retirement. baker eight.com analysis shows federal lawmakers enjoy benefits the note -- a rest of us could only dream about in addition to social security they're all entitled to a pension as long as they have been in office five years so house members have to serve three terms and senators of the one. fewer than 20 percent of workers qualify that is down from 80% of members of congress also get health benefits sova 5% covered by
taxpayers. just 25% of firms to offer benefits to all federal workers in general are enrolled in the thrift savings plan but it has the matching -- matching contributions of 5%. the average private sector of the matches 4% also i'd like the rest of us members of congress make the rules with their own retirement plan. that does not sound fair to rehire and joining me now with the super commodities super cycle is david. we'll come. really? could it congress feel i were paid a little more and
make better policy if they had the same benefits we have? >> i don't know if congress feels anything. but your last point congress makes their own rules at&t in the game anyway they want there is two points. liggett the expenses into the pension plan it is much less whether mutual funds that is the advantage is spread out over 20 years and also the match. 5% on average than now what our employer's matching? is that two or 3%? you have a tough road to hoe in the private sector. >> adding insult to injury there is a big debate -- debate right now how much do take out if you're in the private sector.
3% or 4%? >> i think 4 percent is the magic number and it is conservative but that is what you need to consider. not like the 1968 through that 82 period it had a hard time to break out of the glass ceiling we have not made as a tremendous amount of progress over the last tender 13 years and it would not surprise us to see inflation play more of role just like the late 70's so i think keeping it conservative as you can is of narrative 4% is a good number. gerri: i guess we have to retire later. talk about the super cycle what do you make of this? is this what the investors
should take to heart? >> we believe the cycles with the charleston research center with the gold cycles it is now bottoming going of projections. gerri: it has gold going back to the of high? >> has a long way to go back don't forget gold prices will hinge on so many things interest rates and ben bernanke. he seems to change his mind every week now gold goes back down.
>> what do you say about china with the of commodity markets? >> the critical contrast between the commodities in the precious metals the secular trend is still up 270 percent better compared to 30 years ago it is quite significant over that time frame and we have 38 percent and that cycle is over we will see higher prices but the main impact there is the commodities they are responsible between 30 and 60% of coal, nickel, copper coal, nickel, copper, lead, zinc, 40 or 60% of total %-a shrinking demand with a trajectory of 5% this will hit the commodity sector.
gerri: i here where you are saying but it sounds like you think there is no of of you to the epicycle? >> they will go back to the high apple secrets correctly talked about the pass public interest rates 30 years ago they were i know 60 years ago they weee low because there was the television the biggest seller was the government selling fatah bonds as a rethink their rates will go up starting soon over the next 30 years the bond will go down so it is important to look over the viewpoint. >> then to look short-term what is that outlook? >> pretty good. and tell the rates to start backing up 51 to any return anywhere within noted weakness of commodities you
buy equities a hand in dividends. a and you do that because of the dollar risk currency risks they actually got some flooding and aside from oil real are getting hammered. gerri: where to go from here? >> once we get above 1700 decisively without the down side we are looking at the mutual-fund managers having a cash position of less than 4%. we have margin debt at the levels of 2008 just before they bowled over with the 50% decline of equities. also the same as 2,000. we are concerned the largest inflow into equity mutual funds since june of 2008.
not a context that we think is constructive but the fed can still drive the price is higher. gerri: you are talking over my head. i am not sure what that means. what is a short-term outlook ? >> we are calling for futures in the s&p and the balance will project to go up in david manchin to the dollar. we think that will top next year in and go down in the cycles have been accurate. gerri: thank you for coming on. interesting conversation. the economy is one of the many issues with the white house press secretary every single day and according to yaw prove he has held over five the debriefings with
nearly 500 questions it he sees in this to say some of the same things over and over his avorite phrase makes up the top five. not that i know of 927 times. number four, i am not going to tell you. 939 times. number three, you already know the answer. more than 1100 times. number two, i would refer you choose somebody else. passing the buck is a national pastime and has said that nearly 1400 times. number one the most common answer, i don't have the answer. really? really? isn't that your job more than 1900 times. i don't have the answer. his other one is i don't want to and of course, , i'm not sure. good thing he is not the weatherman.
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gerri: just in time for summer of with his new book case by novel called the english beat -- the english girl getting rave reviews. i have heard so much about this book tell us when how you came up with the new character. >> it is my 13th novel in the series and this has a special character at the heart of it will. a rising star within the british governing party working at party headquarters everybody thinks she is going places
to be a cabinet minister and she is the mistress of the of british prime minister. gerri: not too far from the reality is a are you reading the newspapers? after all your a former is journalist. >> i inspired by the world around me but it is if they could be happening in a parallel universe. gerri: following edward snowden is that the kind of character you reduce? @% i was contemplating a book that would unfold very much like these noting case is unfolding now. i will not write that because it appened in real life that i am deeply conflicted.
i always knew the nsa was a giant vacuum cleaners sucking up this information and restoring it to a way. i knew the names of the programs but to have him say it was a shock. gerri: did you know the extent of this? >> sure. anyone who really understands the nsa and the sophisticated computer programs and allorithms put in place after 9/11 to try to identify the terrorist even before they knew they were a terrorist themselves. some of the things used in marketing to help retailers sell to people. >> this must help you know that level of detail. >> i have a lot of contacts in the intelligence world but still my books are
entertainment, a fantasy and my characters are my own creations. gerri: talk about the book industry under pressure with a lot of consolidation and talking about how there are fewer retailers. what does that mean for you? >> not a tremendous impact for me my sales continue to grow but a larger portion of my sails profile is taken up by the book. i do have a little distance from the publishing industry i rejoice in it 2009 through 2012 it is if i caae back to a different industry each year because a change so dramatically that now they have stabilized a little bit
we lost borders obviously but my a e-books is what they are. gerri: are you laughing and of -books? >> i write my hands on the legal pad. gerri: hoo long? >> i sit in and write to the night enter it into a computer i cannot turned in the handwritten book to my publisher by the use e-books when they need them quickly but i liked it with hard cover. gerri: the industry is incredibly competitive but what about the offer side? i have never seen anything as competitive as what goes on with the right-wing side you have to crawl over the bodies of starving writers to get to the top. what about the product to get people's attention?
>> mine was the steady growth of my sails profile. explosive debuts or of books like indian brown but to have it slow and steady it has been very liberating. gerri: gabriel will come back full time? >> he better or i am in trouble. [laughter] gerri: we will be back with the answer to the question of the day should the ama decide how much you pay for medical procedures? stay with us. ♪
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digit code, the cpt code, the american medical association gives you that code. it pays to read those codes when they show up on your medical bill and understand what they mean, the ama on its web site has a decoder to help you understand who those numbers mean. scour the bill for duplicate billing, billing services that were never offered and typo, remember 87% of medical bills have a mistake. that is my 2-cents more. what do you think about this. should american medical association decide how much you pay for medical procedures, 86% said no way. good stuff. that is it for tonight's willis
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