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.

HHS Secretary Provides More Time for States to Decide on Exchanges

State officials interested in running their own health insurance exchange or partnering with the federal government will have more time to give the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) information about the type of marketplace they want, according to a letter Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently sent to governors.

After Election, Governors Face Medicaid Decision

Now that President Obama has been reelected and Congress has no chance of repealing the health care law, much of its implementation will be affected by the decisions of state officials. Starting next year, 30 states will have Republican governors—the most control either party has had in a dozen years.

Study Finds Least-Experienced Physicians Spend Most When Treating Patients

Physicians new to the profession rack up higher costs than their more-experienced counterparts, according to a study released by the RAND Corporation.

A Coming Storm for Medicare: How Will It Fare in the 'Grand Bargain?'

The end of a presidential campaign that pitted two competing visions of Medicare against each other has cleared the way for a new struggle over how—and whether—changes to the massive health program might be rolled into a "grand bargain" for deficit reduction, according to health policy experts.

Health Team May Stay Steady in Key Phase of Overhaul Implementation

Look for the Obama administration to pretty much put the same health team onto the field in 2013 as it marches closer to the historic start of coverage expansion under the health law a little more than a year from now.

Rules on Exchanges, Essential Health Benefits, Insurance Markets in Review

The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a proposed Health and Human Services rule that apparently will lay out the requirements for qualified health plans and the minimum standards for essential health benefits in insurance exchanges that the states will run.