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The Zika epidemic puts spotlight on women’s health

Icon Written by Alex on August 6, 2016 – 7:13 pm

Congress left for a seven-week summer recess without approving the $1.9 billion President Barack Obama requested in February to combat the virus. Proposals that have flitted around since then include provisions that target abortion and contraception. In June, the House passed a $1.1 billion bill that stalled in the Senate after Republicans wanted the bill [...]



Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2017 will rise by 1.35%

Icon Written by Alex on February 21, 2016 – 7:15 am

Baseline Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2017 will rise by 1.35% on average, an early win for health insurance companies in what is the final Medicare rate battle of the Obama administration. When factoring in the risk coding tendencies, the average change in Medicare Advantage insurers’ revenue will climb 3.55% next year, according to a CMS [...]



Walgreens puts hold on more Theranos centers

Icon Written by Alex on November 3, 2015 – 6:41 pm

Walgreens Boots Alliance has placed a temporary hold on expanding Theranos blood-testing centers after an all-day meeting at the startup company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday. In a series of recent articles, the Journal alleged that Theranos, whose founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes developed a proprietary blood-testing technology that [...]



Medicare two-midnight rule

Icon Written by Alex on August 25, 2014 – 9:50 am

The two-midnight policy has been on the books since Oct. 1, 2013. Currently, Medicare administrative contractors are allowed to audit 10 to 25 short-stay claims per hospital on a prepayment basis. The CMS is calling this a “probe and educate process,” as MACs are supposed to coach hospitals on how to improve short-stay claims. The [...]



Congress passes bill to stop cut to Medicare Physicians

Icon Written by Alex on April 1, 2014 – 11:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress stepped Monday to finalize legislation to prevent doctors who treat Medicare patients from being hit with a 24 percent cut in their payments from the government. The Senate’s 64-35 vote sends a measure to delay the cuts for a year to President Barack Obama, who’s expected [...]



Obama’s $2 trillion reality by Dr. Barry Chaiken

Icon Written by Alex on April 6, 2009 – 12:05 pm

Dr. Barry P. Chaiken’s article on Obama’s $2 trillion reality as originally published in Wisconsin Technology Network, March 16, 2009. On March 12th in an OpEd piece for the Wall Street Journal titled “Obama’s $80 Billion Exaggeration”, respected physicians and authors Jerome Groopman, MD and Pamela Hartzband, MD questioned President Obama’s claim that electronic medical [...]