Merrill Goozner sits down with Jonathan Blum, the principal deputy administrator for the CMS, reveals in an interview, the agency’s views on the evolution of new delivery models, the future of payment reform, the ongoing consolidation among providers and what’s behind the slow growth in healthcare spending.
In Stance on Renewal of Old Health Policies, States Run the Gamut, 11-19-13, New York Times
Katie Thomas reports just a few days after President Obama said that millions of consumers should be able to keep their old insurance plans for another year, even if they did not meet the requirements of his health care law, he is finding support among states that would not exactly be described as allies.
Doctors Complain They Will Be Paid Less by Exchange Plans, 11-19-13, Kaiser Health News
Roni Caryn Rabin reports many doctors are disturbed they will be paid less — often a lot less — to care for the millions of patients projected to buy coverage through the health law’s new insurance marketplaces. Even complaining to medical associations saying the discounted rates could lead to a two-tiered system in which fewer doctors participate, potentially making it harder for consumers to get the care they need.
How Obamacare Has Fared in Each State , 11-21-13, Washington Post
Niraj Chokshi reports a lot has been said and written about the troubled rollout of the president’s landmark health-care law, but putting it in to words that people can understand has been a challenge for many, so the Washington Post created some easy-to-read graphics documenting how Obamacare had fared in each state so far.
Hispanics Interested In ‘Having Providers Who Can Appreciate Their Culture,’ Medical Leader Says, 11-21-13, Kaiser Health News
Marissa Evans sits down with Dr. Elena V. Rios, the president of the National Hispanic Medical Association, which advocates on behalf of the nation’s 45,000 Hispanic health care professionals, and talked about the goal of increasing diversity in the health care workforce.
Beth Wood Defends North Carolina Medicaid Audit for Second Day, 11-21-13, ABC 11 News
ABC 11 News reports North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood defended a Medicaid audit done by her office for the second straight day Wednesday – using perhaps some of her strongest language yet when it comes to the Department of Health and Human Services controversy surrounding the NCTracks computer system which is how Medicaid providers get paid.
US House Hearing to Air NC health Law Complaints, 11-21-13, WRAL
Emery P. Dalesio reports Congressional Republicans are making North Carolina a temporary showpiece for opposition to the federal health insurance overhaul law, Republican U.S. Reps. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte and Renee Ellmers of Dunn held an online video conference call on Thursday to hear from five constituents with complaints about the law’s cost, complexity and fumbled launch.