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Topic - Donald Berwick
W ith Obamacare essentially upheld, including the broccoli of the individual mandate tax, the pressure to repeal and replace it will increase. If it is to be replaced, Republicans and Democrats alike are talking how to keep the popular frosting, which conceals the rotten cake.
Medicare's payment system, the unseen but vital network that handles 100 million monthly claims, could freeze up if President Obama's health care law is summarily overturned, the administration has quietly informed the courts.
President Obama's nominee to run the nation's Medicare and Medicaid agency can count on receiving more than $160,000 a year in retirement pay for the rest of her life from the country's largest private hospital chain, records show.
The point man for carrying out President Obama's health care law stepped down Friday after Republicans succeeded in blocking his confirmation by the Senate.
Don Berwick is resigning his temporary appointment as director of Medicare and Medicaid at the end of next week, making way for the Obama administration to nominate a candidate with a better chance of Senate confirmation.
The nation's worst hospitals treat twice the proportion of elderly black patients and poor patients than the best hospitals, and their patients are more likely to die of heart attacks and pneumonia, new research shows.
Patients would be allowed direct access to lab results under a new rule proposed by the Obama administration that is part of a broader effort to nudge the health care industry away from paper-driven systems and toward technologies that make it easier to access and share records.
Officials say Medicare has reached a new milestone: for the first time, it's headed by someone old enough to receive benefits.
Anti-business liberals aren't going to sneak their way into powerful administration positions this summer. Recess appoinments are a traditional method used by the White House - under both parties - to fill government slots without Senate confirmation.
Indiana asked a federal appeals court Monday to lift a judge's order blocking parts of a new abortion law that cuts some public Planned Parenthood funding, saying the issue should be decided by Medicaid officials and not the courts.
Indiana's attorney general on Tuesday appealed a judge's ruling that blocked key aspects of a new state law that would cut public funding for Planned Parenthood's general health services because the organization also provides abortions.
President Obama is holding $4 billion in Medicaid funding hostage in an effort to force Indiana taxpayers to underwrite the biggest threat to unborn life: abortion. On June 1, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) disapproved Indiana's Medicaid State Plan over a new state law restricting taxpayer subsidies for abortion mills.
Unable to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, Republicans are trying to oust the official who is quarterbacking the overhaul of the nation's medical system.
Unable to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, Republicans are trying to oust the official quarterbacking the overhaul of the nation's medical system.
"On the last page of the last portion of his record was a laboratory slip," Mr. Berwick said. "It had not arrived until he had been discharged home and had simply been inserted by a clerk into the record. It reported a vitamin B-12 level of zero — he had pernicious anemia, a totally curable, totally treatable cause for what otherwise would have led to a lethal outcome for my friend."