January 22nd, 2010

January 22: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein

Podcast: Former Mayo Clinic CEO Talks About Reform and the Healthcare Delivery System in the U.S.

Dr. Denis A. Cortese recently retired from the Mayo Clinic, where he was president and CEO, and now leads the W. P. Carey School’s Health Care Delivery and Policy Program. This program is focused on facilitating and promoting a sustainable U.S. health care system.

 

On January 19, Cortese addressed a luncheon meeting of business leaders at the Economic Club of Phoenix. Based at the W. P. Carey School of Business, the Economic Club of Phoenix is the only group of its kind in the nation that is aligned with a top research university

Knowledge@W.P.Carey, 1/21/10

 

 

TOP STORIES

Pelosi:  House Won’t Pass Senate Bill to Save Health Care Reform

The Washington Post

January 22, 2010

 

Nancy Pelosi eliminated the most obvious avenue for completing health care reform, saying the House will not embrace the version of the legislation already approved by the Senate.

 

A New Search for Consensus on Health Care Bill

The New York Times

January 22, 2010

 

Even as Speaker Nancy Pelosi affirmed her commitment to pass far-reaching health care legislation this year, members of Congress and health policy experts began to deal with the reality that a smaller bill would have a better chance.

 

Dems Weigh Whether Health Bills ‘Are Dead’

USA Today

January 22, 2010

 

As they try to pick up the pieces of their scorched health care legislation, Democrats in Congress are focusing first on the most popular ideas, from expanding patients' rights to making insurance coverage more affordable.

 

Democrats Drop Health Plan In Face of Voter Anger

The Washington Examiner

January 22, 2010

 

Congressional Democrats are abandoning their massive health care package in the face of strong public resistance manifested in the election of Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts to the Senate.

 

 

INSURANCE

Insurers Now Focus of Democrats Health Talks

The Wall Street Journal

January 22, 2010

 

Congressional Democrats said they were focusing on toughening regulations on the health insurance industry in a bid to assemble a scaled-down, more populist health care bill.

 

If Bill Fails, A Quandary for Insurers

The New York Times

January 22, 2010

 

With the possible collapse of the Congressional health care effort, health insurers might seem to have reason to celebrate.

 

Congress Faces Insurance Exchange Dilemma
Healthleaders Media

January 22, 2010

 

One provision that most likely will be included in the health care reform bill is the insurance exchange - but will it be a Federal or a State exchange?

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

Poll:  Regroup on Health Care Most Say

USA Today

January 22, 2010

 

One in four Democrats say lawmakers should draft a new bill, as do 56% of independents and 87% of Republicans.

 

New Dem Worry:  GOP Taking Credit for Health Care Reform

The Huffington Post

January 22, 2010

 

Health care reform advocates are concerned that passing a scaled-back version of reform legislation could end up playing into the hands of Republican electoral politics.

 

 

WELLNESS/CHRONIC CARE

10 Health Reform Provisions That Affect Women

Healthleaders Media

January 22, 2010

 

Embedded in the 2,409 pages of the Senate's health reform template are many other provisions that would impact women's health care, including breast cancer screening, ob/gyn specialty access, special tobacco cessation programs for women, and a new Office of Women's Health.

 

 

STATE NEWS

California Democrats Revive Universal Health Plan

The New York Times

January 22, 2010

 

Democrats in California revived a bill on Thursday that would create a single-payer, universal health care system in the state.

 

Georgia Expects $608 Million Medicaid Deficit

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 22, 2010

 

Georgia is projecting a $608 million deficit in Medicaid and proposing a tax on hospitals and managed care insurers to help bridge the gap.

 

 

REFORM EFFORTS

AMA, Other Groups Push to Kill Proposed Physician Pay Cut

Healthleaders Media

January 22, 2010

 

The American Medical Association joined hands with the Military Officers Association and the AARP in urging seniors to demand Congress kill a 21% physician pay cut scheduled for March 1.

 

Democrats are Urged to Preserve Broad Health Care Overhaul

The Los Angeles Times

January 22, 2010


"The legislation passed by the House and Senate would broaden access to quality, affordable health care to tens of millions of people who are currently uninsured or underinsured," wrote leaders of AARP, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Consumers Union, Families USA, and Service Employees International Union.

 

Do The Right Thing

The New York Times - Op-Ed

January 21, 2010

 

A message to House Democrats: This is your moment of truth. You can do the right thing and pass the Senate health care bill. Or you can look for an easy way out, make excuses and fail the test of history.

 

Abandoning Health Care After the Brown Election, and Other Washington Nonsense

The Washington Post

January 22, 2010

This is a leadership moment for the president. It is a chance to show he can respond to setbacks not by running for cover or resorting to political gamesmanship, but by calmly and confidently reasserting his control over his party and the public debate.

 

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Kaiser Permanente Charges FDA Drug Approval Process Excludes Health Care Providers

Healthleaders Media

January 22, 2010

 

Kaiser Permanente says the FDA has improperly excluded health insurers and others out of the REMS process, which was designed to improve drug safety.

 

 

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The ePharma Population Tripled in 5 Years, as More Consumers Get More Engaged in Managing Personal Health

Healthpopuli

January 21, 2010

 

The number of American adults seeking information on prescription drugs online has tripled in the last five years, now numbering 100 million health consumers.

 

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