The Hill: Rival sequester bills teed up in Senate

By Alexander Bolton – 02/26/13 05:00 AM ET Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate are teeing up rival bills aimed at shielding their members from blame when an $85 billion cut to federal spending takes effect on Friday. The Senate will vote this week on two proposals to stop the cuts, known in Washington as … Continue reading

NY Times: States Can Cut Back on Medicaid Payments, Administration Says

In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 9, 2012)

By ROBERT PEAR Published: February 25, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday that states could cut Medicaid payments to many doctors and other health care providers to hold down costs in the program, which insures 60 million low-income people and will soon cover many more under the new health care law. The administration’s position, set forth in … Continue reading

California Healthline: Bowles, Simpson Unveil Deficit-Reduction Plan To Avoid Sequester Cuts

Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) — former co-chairs of President Obama’s deficit-reduction commission — on Tuesday unveiled a $2.4 trillion deficit-reduction proposal, which includes $600 billion in federal entitlement savings over a decade, in hopes of staving off the automatic cuts under sequestration that take effect in March, Modern Healthcare reports (Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, 2/19). The … Continue reading

Reuters: Boehner says he hopes to avert scheduled spending cuts

WASHINGTON | Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:34pm EST (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, expressed hope on Wednesday that automatic spending cuts could be averted if President Barack Obama quickly comes up with an alternative. Boehner made the comments a day after Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said he expects … Continue reading

HealthyCal: Can accountable care organizations reign in health-care costs?

Published: February 13, 2013 By Callie Shanafelt California Health Report Coordination and effective use of existing resources can save money. That’s the idea behind the push for innovations built into the health care reform law, like electronic health records, pay for performance and accountable care organizations. But it’s unlikely that any of these innovations will … Continue reading

California Healthline: Some Lawmakers Willing To Let Cuts to Medicare, Other Programs Proceed

Lawmakers recently have openly suggested that they might allow mandated spending cuts under sequestration — including a 2% reduction to Medicare reimbursement rates — to take effect in March, the Wall Street Journal reports (Hook, Wall Street Journal, 2/10).  The mandated spending cuts under sequestration involve about $1 trillion in across-the-board reductions. In January, President Obama signed legislation — … Continue reading

Reuters: U.S. proposes scrapping some obsolete Medicare regulations

Surrounded by Democratic leaders, President Obama reaches for a pen to sign the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010. Photo: Charles Dharapak, Associated Press / SF Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/States-now-must-make-call-on-Obamacare-4031359.php#ixzz2CQPbdszh

Mon Feb 4, 2013 8:09pm EST (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday proposed eliminating certain obsolete Medicare regulations, a move it said would save hospitals and other healthcare providers an estimated $676 million a year, or $3.4 billion over five years. The Department of Health and Human Services described the targeted regulations as unnecessary … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Dental clinic proves importance of care

Drew Joseph Updated 10:45 pm, Thursday, January 31, 2013 Jabari Kelly showed up at San Francisco General Hospital‘s dental clinic last Friday looking like he was hiding a golf ball in his left cheek. He had been in pain for three weeks. The 36-year-old San Francisco man had an infected wisdom tooth, and swelling had spread into his jaw … Continue reading

LA Times: Healthcare providers appeal to block Medi-Cal cut

Oct 31- ADHC Rally photo (Photo credit: Steve Lopez)

January 28, 2013 |  3:23 pm — Chris Megerian in Sacramento California healthcare providers are appealing a December court decision that would allow the state to cut spending on medical care for poor residents. The case revolves around the state’s 2011 attempt to reduce by 10% reimbursements to doctors, pharmacies and others who provide healthcare through the Medi-Cal … Continue reading

NPQ: Keep a Wary Eye on the Next Fiscal Battles—or Else!

Photo: National Committee to Preserve Medicare and Social Security

WRITTEN BY RICK COHEN  CREATED ON MONDAY, 28 JANUARY 2013 14:54 January 24, 2013; Source: Politico Are nonprofits prepared to speak up during what Politico calls “the three-step fiscal fight?” As NPQ has reported, the upcoming battles are 1) the sequestration cuts that come due at the end of February, 2) the reauthorization of the Continuing Resolution in late March to avoid a … Continue reading

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