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Unions To White House On Obamacare, Taft-Hartley Plans: 'You Made The Problem, You Fix It'

August 21, 2013 -- Huff Post

Signaling a growing rift between some unions and the White House over the Affordable Care Act, the Nevada State AFL-CIO passed a stinging resolution Wednesday that criticized the administration for its handling of their concerns with the health care reform law. The resolution claims the law could end up "destroying" the unions' multi-employer health plans if the administration doesn't come up with a regulatory fix. Read more...


 

CalPERS Saves $37 Million As Medical Groups Coordinate Healthcare

September 5, 2012 -- Los Angeles Times

An effort by three healthcare organizations that saved the California Public Employees' Retirement System $37 million in the last two years is gaining national attention as Medicare and employers search for ways to control rising medical costs. Read more...


 

Too Few Doctors in Many U.S. Communities

July 2, 2012 -- The New York Times

In the Inland Empire, an economically depressed region in Southern California, President Obama's health care law is expected to extend insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people by 2014. Read more...


 

Patient-Centered Team Care is Taking Off

June 24, 2012 -- The Columbus Dispach

The doctor will see you now.  So will the triage nurse.  Not to mention the diabetes educator and the dietitian.  Read more...


 

The Rare Bipartisan Health Idea:  Affordable Concierge Medicine

May 23, 2012 -- Forbes

A rare bipartisan health care idea that brings an affordable price to concierge medical care is gaining some attention in Washington. Read more...


 

Justices Review of Health Care Law Adds To Election Tumult

November 14, 2011 -- USA Today

WASHINGTON --  The Supreme Court's announcement Monday that it will hear challenges to the Obama-sponsored health care law opens the most important chapter in the legal battle over the law, amid the tumult of election-year politics.  Read more...


 

Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Michigan designates approximately 2,500 physicians in nation's largest patient-centered medical home program

June 27, 2011 - PR Newswire

DETROIT — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated approximately 2,500 physicians in roughly 770 practices across the state as patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), a 28 percent increase over the 1,800 designated PCMH physicians in 2010. This is the nation’s largest PCMH effort for the third consecutive year. Read more...


 

As Health Costs Soar, G.O.P. and Insurers Differ on Cause

March 4, 2011 - New York Times
By Robert Pear

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Workers at a circuit-board factory here just saw their health insurance premiums rise 20 percent. At Buddy Zaremba’s print shop nearby, the increase was 37 percent. And for engineers at the Woodland Design Group, they rose 43 percent.  Read more...


 

West Virginia Near Bottom of National Health Rankings

December 10, 2010 - Charleston Daily Mall
By Paul Fallon

America's Health Rankings for 2010 have been released and West Virginia has moved closer  to the bottom of the pile.  The state has fallen one spot to 43 in the nation, according to the report. Read more...


Maryland Preps For Health Care Reform

December 31, 2010 - Frederick News-Post
By Sarah Breitenbach

The Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council, headed by Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene John M. Colmers, is recommending the legislature begin creating the framework of Maryland's exchange system during the 2011 session. Read more...


CMS Touts Findings From Quality Demos

December 9, 2010 - InsideHealth
By Brett Coughlin

CMS officials on Thursday announced findings from a trio of demonstration projects that they say show “strong evidence” that paying incentives for improved patient care increases quality and reduces the growth in Medicare outlays. The demonstration projects include the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) program, the Physician Group Practice (PGP) demo and the Medicare Care Management Performance (MCMP) project.  Read more...


Governor Rendell: Pennsylvania Chosen to Join National Health Care Transformation Demonstration Project

November 18, 2010 - Office of the Governor

Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced that as part of national health care reform, Pennsylvania is one of eight states selected by the federal government to join a demonstration project to improve treatment for people with chronic diseases - a major driver of health care costs.  Read more...


Health-care Law Likely to Remain Intact Under Divided Congress, At Least for Now

November 4, 2010 - The Washington Post
By N.C. Aizenman

Fresh off their triumph in the midterm elections, Republican leaders are vowing to do whatever it takes to repeal the new health-care law.  In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, presumptive new House speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), promised that in addition to a straight-up repeal vote  Read more...


It's About Time to Check the Fine Print on Your Health Plan

 

October 15, 2010 - The New York Times
By Walecia Konrad

This is the time of year when your employer allows you to make changes to your benefits package - most importantly, to your health insurance.  You may even have received your gigantic packet of plan descriptions and sign-up forms by now.  Read more...


UnitedHealth Proposes 'Coordinated Care' Model for Medicare, Medicaid

 

October 15, 2010 - Becker's Hospital Review
By Leigh Page

Medicare and Medicaid could save $3.5 trillion over 25 years by implementing "coordinated care" in place of fee-for-service payments, according to a release by UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest insurer.  Read more...


Federal Judge Upholds Health Reforms

 

October 8, 2010 -- The Detroit News
By Robert Snell and Kim Koziowski

A federal judge on Thursday upheld key provisions of President Barack Obama's Health Care Reform Act of 2010 and dismissed part of a lawsuit challenging the legislation.  U.S. District Judge George C. Steeh issued a 20-page order - believed to be the first federal court decision nationwide.  Read more...


Healthcare Law Has Doctors Teaming Up

 

July 28, 2010 -- Los Angeles Times
By Noam M. Levey

As Congress debated the healthcare bill, many critics lamented it would do little to transform a system in which doctors and hospitals bounce patients around in an uncoordinated, costly, sometimes tragic process. Read more...

 

Health Bill Would Cut Drug Spending for Many on Medicare, Budget Office Says

 

August 31, 2009 - The New York Times
By Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Medicare beneficiaries would often have to pay higher premiums for prescription drug coverage, but many would see their total drug spending decline, so they would save money as a result of health legislation moving through the House, the Congressional Budget Office said in a recent report. Read more...


Majority Rule on Health Care Reform

 

August 30, 2009 -- The New York Times
Editorial

The talk in Washington is that Senate Democrats are preparing to push through health care reforms using parliamentary procedures that will allow a simple majority to prevail in their chamber, as it does in the House, instead of the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster that Senate Republicans are sure to mount. Read more...


Rebutting the CBO's Preventative Care Cost Analysis

 

August 27, 2009 -- The Huffington Post
By Chris Fey

On August 7, 2009, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health. The letter summarized a CBO analysis of potential reductions in federal costs from health improvements gained through preventive medical care and wellness services. Read more...


Unpopularity Contest

 

August 25, 2009 -- The Washington Post
By Howard Kurtz

I seemed to have waded into a minefield with yesterday's column about death panels.

My point was basic: When something is clearly and factually inaccurate, journalists should say so. And the issue of the supposed euthanasia panels under the Obama plan was a rare instance in which news organizations did just that. And yet it didn't matter, with 45 percent of Americans saying in an NBC poll that they believe the plan includes government panels that would make end-of-life decisions. Read more...


Journalists, Left Out of The Debate

 

August 24, 2009 - The Washington Post
By Howard Kurtz

For once, mainstream journalists did not retreat to the studied neutrality of quoting dueling antagonists.

They tried to perform last rites on the ludicrous claim about President Obama's death panels, telling Sarah Palin, in effect, you've got to quit making things up. Read more...

 

Vermont Could Be Guide on Health Care

 

July 28, 2009 - USA Today
By Mimi Hall

Kirk Dufty doesn't have to rely on patients' hazy memories or take their word for what drugs they're taking when they show up at his emergency room.

In minutes, the doctor can find out whether a man with chest pains has filled the prescription for the anti-clotting medication he's supposed to take or whether a woman complaining about a stomachache is really trying to get more narcotics to feed her drug habit. Read more...

 

Insurers May Face Fees to Help Fund Health Overhaul

 

July 16, 2009 - Bloomberg
By Laura Litvan and Kristin Jensen

Insurance companies should use their profits to help fund as much as $100 billion of a landmark overhaul of the U.S. health-care system, senators including Democrat Charles Schumer of New York said.

Schumer and other Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee, which is leading the effort to fore a bipartisan compromise on health care, said they will probably assess fees on insurers, a plan that drew fire from the industry. Read more...

 

Former Adversaries Unite

 

June 9, 2009 - Politico
By Politico Staff

A coalition of business and labor groups led by former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt and former HHS Sec. Tommy Thompson will announce support for "modernizing our health care delivery system with a greater national emphasis on preventing chronic diseases, coordinating patient care and support through all stages of treatment, Read more...

 

Unions To White House On Obamacare, Taft-Hartley Plans: 'You Made The Problem, You Fix It'

August 21, 2013 -- Huff Post

Signaling a growing rift between some unions and the White House over the Affordable Care Act, the Nevada State AFL-CIO passed a stinging resolution Wednesday that criticized the administration for its handling of their concerns with the health care reform law. The resolution claims the law could end up "destroying" the unions' multi-employer health plans if the administration doesn't come up with a regulatory fix. Read more...


 

CalPERS Saves $37 Million As Medical Groups Coordinate Healthcare

September 5, 2012 -- Los Angeles Times

An effort by three healthcare organizations that saved the California Public Employees' Retirement System $37 million in the last two years is gaining national attention as Medicare and employers search for ways to control rising medical costs. Read more...


 

Too Few Doctors in Many U.S. Communities

July 2, 2012 -- The New York Times

In the Inland Empire, an economically depressed region in Southern California, President Obama's health care law is expected to extend insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people by 2014. Read more...


 

Patient-Centered Team Care is Taking Off

June 24, 2012 -- The Columbus Dispach

The doctor will see you now.  So will the triage nurse.  Not to mention the diabetes educator and the dietitian.  Read more...


 

The Rare Bipartisan Health Idea:  Affordable Concierge Medicine

May 23, 2012 -- Forbes

A rare bipartisan health care idea that brings an affordable price to concierge medical care is gaining some attention in Washington. Read more...


 

Justices Review of Health Care Law Adds To Election Tumult

November 14, 2011 -- USA Today

WASHINGTON --  The Supreme Court's announcement Monday that it will hear challenges to the Obama-sponsored health care law opens the most important chapter in the legal battle over the law, amid the tumult of election-year politics.  Read more...


 

Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Michigan designates approximately 2,500 physicians in nation's largest patient-centered medical home program

June 27, 2011 - PR Newswire

DETROIT — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated approximately 2,500 physicians in roughly 770 practices across the state as patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), a 28 percent increase over the 1,800 designated PCMH physicians in 2010. This is the nation’s largest PCMH effort for the third consecutive year. Read more...


 

As Health Costs Soar, G.O.P. and Insurers Differ on Cause

March 4, 2011 - New York Times
By Robert Pear

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Workers at a circuit-board factory here just saw their health insurance premiums rise 20 percent. At Buddy Zaremba’s print shop nearby, the increase was 37 percent. And for engineers at the Woodland Design Group, they rose 43 percent.  Read more...


 

West Virginia Near Bottom of National Health Rankings

December 10, 2010 - Charleston Daily Mall
By Paul Fallon

America's Health Rankings for 2010 have been released and West Virginia has moved closer  to the bottom of the pile.  The state has fallen one spot to 43 in the nation, according to the report. Read more...


Maryland Preps For Health Care Reform

December 31, 2010 - Frederick News-Post
By Sarah Breitenbach

The Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council, headed by Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene John M. Colmers, is recommending the legislature begin creating the framework of Maryland's exchange system during the 2011 session. Read more...


CMS Touts Findings From Quality Demos

December 9, 2010 - InsideHealth
By Brett Coughlin

CMS officials on Thursday announced findings from a trio of demonstration projects that they say show “strong evidence” that paying incentives for improved patient care increases quality and reduces the growth in Medicare outlays. The demonstration projects include the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) program, the Physician Group Practice (PGP) demo and the Medicare Care Management Performance (MCMP) project.  Read more...


Governor Rendell: Pennsylvania Chosen to Join National Health Care Transformation Demonstration Project

November 18, 2010 - Office of the Governor

Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced that as part of national health care reform, Pennsylvania is one of eight states selected by the federal government to join a demonstration project to improve treatment for people with chronic diseases - a major driver of health care costs.  Read more...


Health-care Law Likely to Remain Intact Under Divided Congress, At Least for Now

November 4, 2010 - The Washington Post
By N.C. Aizenman

Fresh off their triumph in the midterm elections, Republican leaders are vowing to do whatever it takes to repeal the new health-care law.  In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, presumptive new House speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), promised that in addition to a straight-up repeal vote  Read more...


It's About Time to Check the Fine Print on Your Health Plan

 

October 15, 2010 - The New York Times
By Walecia Konrad

This is the time of year when your employer allows you to make changes to your benefits package - most importantly, to your health insurance.  You may even have received your gigantic packet of plan descriptions and sign-up forms by now.  Read more...


UnitedHealth Proposes 'Coordinated Care' Model for Medicare, Medicaid

 

October 15, 2010 - Becker's Hospital Review
By Leigh Page

Medicare and Medicaid could save $3.5 trillion over 25 years by implementing "coordinated care" in place of fee-for-service payments, according to a release by UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest insurer.  Read more...


Federal Judge Upholds Health Reforms

 

October 8, 2010 -- The Detroit News
By Robert Snell and Kim Koziowski

A federal judge on Thursday upheld key provisions of President Barack Obama's Health Care Reform Act of 2010 and dismissed part of a lawsuit challenging the legislation.  U.S. District Judge George C. Steeh issued a 20-page order - believed to be the first federal court decision nationwide.  Read more...


Healthcare Law Has Doctors Teaming Up

 

July 28, 2010 -- Los Angeles Times
By Noam M. Levey

As Congress debated the healthcare bill, many critics lamented it would do little to transform a system in which doctors and hospitals bounce patients around in an uncoordinated, costly, sometimes tragic process. Read more...

 

Health Bill Would Cut Drug Spending for Many on Medicare, Budget Office Says

 

August 31, 2009 - The New York Times
By Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Medicare beneficiaries would often have to pay higher premiums for prescription drug coverage, but many would see their total drug spending decline, so they would save money as a result of health legislation moving through the House, the Congressional Budget Office said in a recent report. Read more...


Majority Rule on Health Care Reform

 

August 30, 2009 -- The New York Times
Editorial

The talk in Washington is that Senate Democrats are preparing to push through health care reforms using parliamentary procedures that will allow a simple majority to prevail in their chamber, as it does in the House, instead of the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster that Senate Republicans are sure to mount. Read more...


Rebutting the CBO's Preventative Care Cost Analysis

 

August 27, 2009 -- The Huffington Post
By Chris Fey

On August 7, 2009, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health. The letter summarized a CBO analysis of potential reductions in federal costs from health improvements gained through preventive medical care and wellness services. Read more...


Unpopularity Contest

 

August 25, 2009 -- The Washington Post
By Howard Kurtz

I seemed to have waded into a minefield with yesterday's column about death panels.

My point was basic: When something is clearly and factually inaccurate, journalists should say so. And the issue of the supposed euthanasia panels under the Obama plan was a rare instance in which news organizations did just that. And yet it didn't matter, with 45 percent of Americans saying in an NBC poll that they believe the plan includes government panels that would make end-of-life decisions. Read more...


Journalists, Left Out of The Debate

 

August 24, 2009 - The Washington Post
By Howard Kurtz

For once, mainstream journalists did not retreat to the studied neutrality of quoting dueling antagonists.

They tried to perform last rites on the ludicrous claim about President Obama's death panels, telling Sarah Palin, in effect, you've got to quit making things up. Read more...

 

Vermont Could Be Guide on Health Care

 

July 28, 2009 - USA Today
By Mimi Hall

Kirk Dufty doesn't have to rely on patients' hazy memories or take their word for what drugs they're taking when they show up at his emergency room.

In minutes, the doctor can find out whether a man with chest pains has filled the prescription for the anti-clotting medication he's supposed to take or whether a woman complaining about a stomachache is really trying to get more narcotics to feed her drug habit. Read more...

 

Insurers May Face Fees to Help Fund Health Overhaul

 

July 16, 2009 - Bloomberg
By Laura Litvan and Kristin Jensen

Insurance companies should use their profits to help fund as much as $100 billion of a landmark overhaul of the U.S. health-care system, senators including Democrat Charles Schumer of New York said.

Schumer and other Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee, which is leading the effort to fore a bipartisan compromise on health care, said they will probably assess fees on insurers, a plan that drew fire from the industry. Read more...

 

Former Adversaries Unite

 

June 9, 2009 - Politico
By Politico Staff

A coalition of business and labor groups led by former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt and former HHS Sec. Tommy Thompson will announce support for "modernizing our health care delivery system with a greater national emphasis on preventing chronic diseases, coordinating patient care and support through all stages of treatment, Read more...

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