Selected stories from the daily newsletter CQ HealthBeat from the week of January 23, 2012. Provided as a service under rights licensed by The Commonwealth Fund. The full-text version of this newsletter is available in the newsletter archive.
The Obama administration, in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by the Department of Justice (DOJ), resisted arguments that the entire health care law should be struck down if its individual mandate is found unconstitutional. Read more »
"Summit" meetings are supposed to be filled with a sense of high purpose and high energy. A gathering on the critical importance of health system innovation did not disappoint on either count. Read more »
The Medicare program uses a flawed methodology to pay private health plans that led federal officials to overpay insurers by $1.2 billion to $3.1 billion in 2010, according to a recent study released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Read more »
The uninsured residents in the 15 states that have made the least progress in setting up health benefit exchanges are the ones with the most to gain under the benefits of the health care overhaul, according to study released from the Urban Institute. Read more »
How in the world are research studies funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) under the health care law actually going to bend down the health care spending curve in the United States? Read more »
Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Henry Aaron recently said that a premium support system that would cap federal outlays for Medicare is a premature remedy for the budget threat posed by Medicare. Read more »