Washington Health Policy Week in Review

Washington Health Policy Week in Review is a weekly newsletter that offers selected stories from the daily newsletter CQ HealthBeat.

Tavenner Picked to Succeed Berwick

President Obama announced his intention to nominate Marilyn Tavenner to succeed Donald M. Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Davis to Spend One More Year at Commonwealth Fund

Karen Davis, who has been a fixture in health policy in Washington, D.C., and New York for decades, recently announced that 2012 will be her last year as president of The Commonwealth Fund.

Report: U.S. Tops in Health Spending but Quality in Question

The United States spends far more on health care than many other developed nations yet all that money doesn't necessarily mean the quality of the care excels, says a report on international health released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Avalere Analysis: Hospitals, Group Plans Would Be Hardest Hit Under Medicare Sequestration

Of the $123 billion in Medicare cuts from 2013 to 2021 that the deficit reduction sequestration provisions call for, the majority would come from provider payments, with a 32 percent share coming from hospital inpatient reimbursements, health consultant Avalere Health says in a new analysis.

Medicaid Maelstrom

An announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the cases challenging the health care law included a surprise that could steal the show: the justices' decision to consider the law's sweeping expansion of Medicaid.

Lawmakers Still on the Hook to Make Medicare Cuts This Year

The announcement by the deficit reduction panel that it couldn't reach agreement on a legislative package to reduce deficit spending doesn't get lawmakers off the hook to make cuts this year to the popular Medicare program.