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.

Individual Mandate and Consumer Protections Must Stay Together, DOJ Tells Justices

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.

CMS Officials Aim to Foster 'Rising Tide of Innovation Mojo'

"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.

GAO Urges CMS to Change Calculation of Private Plan Payments

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).

States with Least Work on Exchanges Will See Big Benefits Anyway, Study Says

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. 

PCORI Launches Comment Period on Research Priorities

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?

Brookings Fellow: Premium Support a 'Premature' Idea

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.