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Health Care Issues Poised to Take Front and Center in the 113th Congress

Health care issues dominated much of President Obama’s first term. Even after Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or “health reform law”) (Pub. L. 111-148, 111-152), the Supreme Court...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News Update - January 16, 2013

In This Issue: - Fiscal Cliff Deal Lengthens Medicare Overpayment Recovery Period - Cutting Medicaid Provider Tax May Shift Costs to States, CRS Finds - MedPAC Finalizes Payment Recommendations, GAO Solicits...more

Extension of Time for Overpayment Recoveries in Fiscal Cliff Law Not as Broad as it Sounds

The recently passed fiscal cliff legislation, i.e., the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act) [PDF], includes a number of provisions addressing Medicare and Medicaid. One of these provisions extends the recovery period...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Physician Cuts Averted, Hospitals to Carry Portion of Price Tag

Avoiding sending American taxpayers over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Congress enacted the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) [PDF] that was signed into law on January 2, 2013. Of biggest note, the Act included...more

Healthcare Provisions In The American Taxpayer Relief Act - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

In late night action on December 31, 2012, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was passed by the Senate and finalized days later by Congress and the President with a set of tax and spending policy provisions...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - January 14, 2013

The Obama administration gave eight more states conditional approval to operate health insurance exchanges, bringing the total number of fully or partially approved exchanges to 20; HHS approved 106 new accountable care...more

Important Medicare Provisions Contained in Fiscal Cliff Compromise

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. While most popular coverage has focused on ATRA’s changes to the tax code, the new law...more

Fiscal Cliff Deal and Healthcare: 3-Point Bulletin

On January 1, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law to prevent the country from going over the proverbial “fiscal cliff.” The fiscal cliff deal prevents the scheduled 26.5% cut in...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 – Health Care Highlights

"Fiscal cliff" deal fails to provide permanent solution to flaw in Medicare physician reimbursement formula; merely postpones inevitable battles over health care spending between Congress and the White House....more

Capital Thinking Update - January 7, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Fiscal Cliff - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

Washington Insight - Special Edition: Congress Steps Away From Fiscal Cliff

For months in Washington, and beyond, attention has been focused on the "fiscal cliff" -- the combination of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the looming budget cuts referred to as "sequestration." Negotiations led by...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Anticipated Medicare and Medicaid Payment Reforms

On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Congress approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the Act), concluding a protracted debate on how to prevent the United States from falling over the proverbial “fiscal cliff.” President...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 17, 2012

General Legislative On Monday, December 17, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 pm. Legislation considered under Suspension of the...more

GAO Recommends Strengthening Medicare Prepayment Edits

On December 10, 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the use of prepayment edits in the Medicare program and CMS’ oversight of Medicare Administrative Contractors' (MACs) use of these edits....more

Capital Thinking Update - December 10, 2012

General Legislative On Tuesday, December 11, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. The House will consider a Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 4310 – National Defense...more

Time's Up: Why You Can No Longer Afford to Ignore ACOs

Of the healthcare recommendations announced by the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council last month, ACOs address all four. First of all, the ACO is clearly a new delivery model that uses the “full continuum of care givers.” ...more

Medicare and Medicaid Reforms Coming in a Second Obama Administration

While Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan campaigned on the promise to repeal the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and to reform Medicare and Medicaid, their defeat does not mean the health industry should expect no...more

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