January 19, 2010

January 19: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein

Hospitals wary of payment for value

Rewarding high-quality, efficient hospitals with more Medicare dollars may be one of the most effective cost-control measures in health care reform legislation, which explains why moving to such a system is included in both the House and Senate bills…


Some suggest that a pay-for-value system would adversely affect high-cost areas that treat poorer and sicker patients,” Mayo Clinic said in a statement issued from its Rochester, Minn., headquarters. “However, treating poorer, urban patients doesn’t automatically translate into higher spending.”…


“Whatever comes out [of reform legislation], there will be fear and concerns,” said Dr. Bill Rupp, CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida. “We know that the status quo of paying for volume rather than quality can’t be sustained.”


Jacksonville Business Journal, by Kimberly Morrison, 1/18/10



Massachusetts Race Now Key to Health Bill

The Wall Street Journal

January 19, 2010


White House and Senate Democratic officials believe asking the House to pass the Senate health bill unchanged was likely to be their best hope if their party loses a Senate seat in Massachusetts; but, Nancy Pelosi's office signaled the House wouldn't go along with that and the bill's fate dimmed.


Additional Coverage

Today, It’s the Coakley-Brown Health Care Bill - The Wall Street Journal

Senate Election in Massachusetts Could be Harbinger for Health Care Reform - The Washington Post

Democrats May Seek to Push Health Bill Through Congress - The New York Times

Democratic Candidates Closely Watch Mass. Special Election - The Hill

House Democrats Don’t Like Plan B - Politico

What a GOP Victory in Massachusetts Could Mean to Health Reform - Healthleaders Media




Hospitals Concerned About Proposed DSH Payment Cuts in Health Reform

Healthleaders Media

January 19, 2010


Depending on which bill is examined, 18 million to 23 million people could still remain uninsured under the House and Senate reform bill.



Catching Deadly Drug Mistakes

The Wall Street Journal

January 19, 2010


The non-profit Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists are launching a new National Alert Network for Serious Medication Errors.


California Limits HMO Wait Times

The Los Angeles Times

January 19, 2010

New HMO rules in California require physician appointments within 10 business days for general doctor visits along with other changes.


Reform Options May Be Hard to Find


January 18, 2010


Ever since health care reform flamed out in the 1990s, Democrats thought lots of things might derail their longtime dream this time around - losing a Senate seat in liberal Massachusetts was not on the list.


How Does Health Care Reform Fit in Budget?


January 19, 2010


In less than two weeks, President Barack Obama will have to submit a budget outlining his spending priorities for the next fiscal year, but the uncertain future of health care reform leaves a big question mark in that spending outline.

Malpractice System Survives Health Care Overhaul Intact

Los Angeles Times

January 19, 2010


After a massive lobbying campaign and party-line votes in Congress, the malpractice system is largely untouched by the Democrats' health care overhaul.




Senate Bill Would Save Safety Net Hospitals Billions in Inpatient Pharmacy Costs

Healthleaders Media

January 19, 2010


About 800 safety net hospitals will save $2 million a year on average if a provision in the Senate bill expands their right to buy discounted drugs under the so-called 340B program.



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