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 11, 2016 Issue
Arkansas's Hutchinson Signs Medicaid Revamp but Hurdles Remain

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill to carry out his plan to overhaul and extend the state's Medicaid expansion program, but still faces uphill battles to convince his legislature to fund the program and obtain waivers for some of its provisions from the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

FTC's Ramirez Says Health Care Providers Can Compete Under Health Law

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez disagrees with health care industry assertions that consolidation is the only way to stay competitive under the health care law.

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Commissioner Seeks to Reduce Often Unnecessary Care

Medicare payment adviser William J. Hall said he sees firsthand the challenges of trying to reduce the federal health program's spending on low-value services, or treatments and procedures that researchers say provide little benefit and often carry some risk.

CMS Shaves Estimated 2017 Medicare Advantage Pay Increase

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials shaved their estimate for an expected increase in payments next year for insurer-run Medicare Advantage plans, but allowed a longer transition to reimbursement changes in a program in which some retirees benefit from contributions by their former employers.

Panel Approves Path for Overhaul of Medicare Post-Hospital Pay

Congressional advisers have approved recommendations for overhauling Medicare's fragmented approach to paying for treatment for people recovering after hospital stays for serious surgeries and illnesses.

MedPAC Backs Moves to Restrain Growth in Medicare Drug Spending

A panel of advisers to Congress recently voted in favor of packages of recommendations intended to restrain growth in Medicare's drug spending, including moves to scale back a safety-net program for insurers and cut dispensing fees for costly treatments given in doctors' offices.

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