Washington Health Policy Week in Review Archive

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

  • April 29, 2013 Issue
In States That Don't Expand Medicaid, One of Four Uninsured Poor May Still Get Coverage

Advocates for the poor are alarmed that if states do not expand their Medicaid programs under the health care law, millions of uninsured Americans will continue to go without coverage next year.

Pricing Transparency Draws Bipartisan Interest

Both Republicans and Democrats at a House hearing last week expressed interest in ways to seek more transparency in the pricing of health care, with the idea that health care costs could be reduced if patients had more information about the cost and quality of their medical services.

Sebelius Tries to Reassure States on Medicaid Flexibility

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently reiterated that states can enter and exit the Medicaid expansion included in the health care law without losing their other Medicaid funds, responding to concerns from an Arkansas lawmaker.

Hospital Payment Increase Totals $27 Million Nationwide in Proposed CMS Rule

Hospitals would get a fairly skimpy net rate increase of 0.8 percent in fiscal 2014, under a rule that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted late last week.

Obama Administration Peppered with Questions on Health Law 'Rate Shock'

The Obama administration recently dealt on multiple fronts with the hot-button issue of rate hikes under the health law, a foreshadowing no doubt of other such days to come this summer and fall as full implementation of the overhaul approaches.

CMS Letter on Quality Standards Aims to Keep Pioneer ACOs from Bolting

Pioneer accountable care organizations (ACOs) can fairly be described as being at the leading edge of national efforts to control health spending, but it also can be the bleeding edge, as one ACO insider wryly notes.

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