While expanded coverage under the health care overhaul will increase health care access, primary care improvements will still be necessary to make sure people can see a medical provider in a timely way instead of relying on a hospital emergency room, findings from a Commonwealth Fund survey indicate.
House Ways and Means Committee Republicans turned to the private market for inspiration on a new physician payment system, while Democrats emphasized the role government can play in improving the quality and efficiency of care.
People who renew or buy health insurance after Sept. 23 will receive a four-page briefing in plain English explaining what health plans will cover and what limitations or exceptions will apply to the policies they buy under a final rule three federal departments recently issued.
While progress has been slow on sharing patient health information electronically, experts recently said that new payment and service delivery models could drive rapid adoption in the next several years.
Under pending proposals by House Republicans and the White House, one in four Medicare enrollees by 2035 would be on the hook for monthly premium surcharges now paid only by beneficiaries with very high incomes, says a new study.
Information about central line-associated bloodstream infections, which federal officials have made a priority to get under control, will now be included on the government's Hospital Compare Web site, Medicare officials recently announced.