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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Jonathan Blum
Bowing to intense election-year pressure from both Democrats and Republicans, the Obama administration reversed course Monday and said that rather than cutting Medicare Advantage payments, it will actually boost them next year.
Patients may soon get an unprecedented look at how their doctor compares to other physicians, after Medicare announced Wednesday it plans to publicly post billing data for more than 880,000 practitioners.
More than 1 million Americans wind up back in the hospital only weeks after they left for reasons that could have been prevented _ a revolving door that for years has seemed impossible to slow.
House Republicans berated the Obama administration Wednesday over a Medicare bonus program deemed wasteful by federal investigators, accusing top health officials of trying to pump extra money into the Medicare Advantage program ahead of the president's bid for re-election.
Bobby Ryan doesn't agree with the NHL suspending him two games for stomping on Predators defenseman Jonathan Blum's foot, and the Anaheim star isn't sure how he'll handle watching Games 3 and 4 in Music City from the press box.
Republican officials said GOP lawmakers are ready with another short-term spending bill if needed to avoid a government shutdown threatened for Friday.
"Over the past 30 years, the landscape has changed with respect to physician information that is available to the public," Medicare deputy administrator Jonathan Blum said in a letter last week to the AMA. "As a result, the health care system is changing from a system dominated by dearth of usable, actionable information to one where care coordination and dramatically enhanced data availability ... will power greater innovation, higher quality, increased productivity and lower costs."
The increase, he said, is due in part to healthier enrollees reducing overall costs, bolstering the solvency of the program in the long run.