January 20th, 2010

January 20: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein

Ex-Mayo CEO: Health plan lacking

The former head of the Mayo Clinic said the health-reform bills making their way through Congress fall short because they focus too much on insurance reform without emphasizing quality health care.

 

Denis Cortese, Mayo's former chief executive officer who now is an Arizona State University faculty member, said that the House and Senate reform proposals don't address health challenges such as inefficient care and spiraling costs…

 

In Arizona, Mayo stopped taking Medicare patients at its clinic in Glendale. Medicare patients will be required to pay cash if they want to continue care at that clinic. Mayo officials said they made the switch because the government insurer pays too little.

 

Arizona Republic by Ken Alltucker, 1/19/10

 

TOP STORIES

Democratic Defeat Imperils Health Care Overhaul

The New York Times

January 20, 2010 

 

Scott Brown's decisive Senate victory in Massachusetts imperiled the fate of the Democratic health care overhaul as House Democrats indicated they would not quickly approve a Senate-passed health care measure and send it to President Obama.

 

Additional Coverage

Democrats Ponder Health Care Reform Plans in Wake of Massachusetts Senate Race - The Washington Post

GOP Victory Upends Senate - The Wall Street Journal

White House Warns Against Dropping Health Care as Party Grows Skittish -The Huffington Post

Fallout:  Dems Rethinking Health Bill - Politico

Gut Check for Obama and Democrats on Health CareThe Associated Press

 

The Status Report: Obama and Health Care Reform

Brookings

January 20, 2010

 

History will judge President Obama on whether health care reform succeeds.

 

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

Transparency Sought in Health Care Talks

The Washington Times

January 20, 2010

 

C-SPAN is now not the only major news organization to make a formal request that talks on health care reform legislation occur in the open, as promised by President Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.

 

STATE NEWS

Federal Health Care Foes Plot for State Opt-Outs

The Washington Times

January 20, 2010

 

Lawmakers in 30 states are pressing for constitutional amendments to exempt individuals from the requirement to purchase health care, a pivotal piece of the legislation under debate in Congress.

 

Wisconsin Senate Votes to Expand Malpractice Claims

The Chicago Tribune

January 20, 2010

 

The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would allow for more medical malpractice claims against health care providers.

 

REFORM EFFORTS

Democrats Ponder Triage on Health Reform

The Wall Street Journal

January 20, 2010

 

House Democrats signaled their most feasible alternative for health care reform was to pass the Senate version of the bill and later put through additional modifications that require fewer votes to clear the Senate.

 

With New GOP Strength in Senate Will Obamacare Die in House?

The Washington Examiner

January 20, 2010

 

The most important number in politics is 218 - as in, can House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amass a majority of 218 votes for House Democrats to pass the health care bill already approved by the Senate?

Delay Could Give Senate Options

The Boston Globe

January 20, 2010

 

Although a two-week swearing-in delay could give Democrats in Congress time to devise a strategy for passing health care before Brown arrives, some Democrats were balking at such a move and said it would further erode voter confidence in the party.

 

Just Another Massachusetts Miracle

The New York Times - Op-Ed

January 20, 2010

 

With Scott Brown as the next junior senator from Massachusetts, the message for Democrats is: “it won’t much matter”? at least in terms of health care reform.

 

 

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

“Silent Pandemic” Will Force Drug Price Rethink

Reuters

January 20, 2010

 

A "silent pandemic" of chronic disease is creeping up on poor countries and will force pharmaceutical firms to take a more tiered approach to pricing some of their most lucrative medicines.

 

EMPLOYERS

More Employers Unhappy with Health Insurers

Healthleaders Media

January 20, 2010

U.S. employers are less satisfied with health insurers, especially against the backdrop of tough economic times, according to a study released today by the PricewaterhouseCooper’s Health Research Institute.

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Apple’s Tablet is for the Health Care Industry

Tinycomb.com

January 20, 2010

 

Apple has been quietly ensuring the instant success of their "tablet" device, and has been targeting their first major paying customer for the device - the health care industry.

 

Technology Improvements Key to Health Care Reform

The Pittsburgh Business Journal

January 20, 2010

 

Health care reform is not possible without major improvements in how information is accessed, stored, and moved.

 

 

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