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Fortunately, Angelina Jolie Isn’t On Medicare

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Most large private payers cover testing for a genetic marker indicating inherited breast cancer risk and will pay for associated prophylactic surgery. But Medicare has no national coverage decision for the test or for preventive mastectomy. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Patient Harm Data to Remain on Medicare's Hospital Compare Site

An inaccurate media story about changes to Medicare's reporting on hospital-acquired conditions has sparked a flurry of criticism from patient safety advocates. Here's what's really going on. >>>

House Lawmakers Grill CMS Over Health Exchange Navigators

The role of navigators, expected to help millions of uninsured make their way through the health insurance market, came under fire Tuesday by members of Congress who raised questions about oversight and the role of the IRS in the implementation of healthcare reform. >>>

69% of Employers Plan to Offer Healthcare Coverage After 2014

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is having little effect on workforce strategies, employer survey data shows. More than two-thirds of employers say they will continue to provide healthcare coverage when health insurance exchanges begin operation in 2014. >>>

CMS Seeks to 'Rapidly Reduce' Medicare Spending with $1B in Grants

The second round of federal Health Care Innovation Awards specifically seeks clinical models that will quickly shrink Medicare costs and improve care for populations with special needs as well as population health. >>>

Uncompensated Care Faces a Double Hit in Some States

Hospitals in states that opt not to expand Medicaid are at a severe disadvantage to their counterparts in other states, not only because they will miss out on additional Medicaid-based reimbursement, but also because they will face the same cuts in disproportionate share funding as everyone else. >>>

Primary Care Docs Average More Hospital Revenue Than Specialists

A survey of hospital CFOs shows primary care physicians generated a combined average of $1,566,165 for their affiliated hospitals in the last year. Other specialties generated a combined annual average of $1,424,917, the lowest average in five years, data shows. >>>

Tavenner Confirmed as CMS Administrator

Marilyn Tavenner, a former nurse, hospital executive, and state health official, is the first Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services head to gain congressional approval since 2004. The full Senate confirmed her nomination with a 91-7 vote. >>>



Intelligence Report

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News Headlines

Loophole in healthcare law could stick doctors with tab

The Sacramento Bee, May 22, 2013

House immigration talks hang on healthcare

Politico, May 22, 2013

Public in Deep South supports expanding Medicaid, but lawmakers don't

The Miami Herald, May 22, 2013

Healthcare regs move forward

The Hill, May 21, 2013

Some could have gaps in medical coverage under new law

Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2013

Healthcare workers set to strike CA public hospitals

Reuters, May 21, 2013

Is healthcare's slowdown for real?

Telegram.com, May 20, 2013

Medicaid opposition underscores states' healthcare disparities

Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2013

Obamacare isn't getting repealed. But not because it's popular.

The Washington Post, May 17, 2013

Boehner: No ACA replacement timetable

Politico, May 17, 2013



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