Cut Deficit – Not Medicare

Despite Congressional Policy Clashes, State-Level Innovation Could Be Marked By Bipartisan Cooperation (excerpt)

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, January 24, 2011

Connecticut Mirror:  Small Business Rooting For One Piece Of Health Reform Repeal

Repealing the [1099] tax provision is on the House GOP’s to-do list, and it’s the one thing in the health care debate that enjoys bipartisan support.  Even Democrats who want to protect the underlying health overhaul are eager to overturn the 1099 requirement. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, has called it “a silly burden on our businesses.”  And Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, said last week that it’s one of the “bugs in the system” that needs to be fixed (Shesgreen, 1/21).

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Feds Recoup Billions In Health Care Fraud Cases

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, January 24, 2011

USA Today:  $2.5 Billion Recovered In Health Care Fraud Cases

Federal agents recovered $2.5 billion from health care fraud judgments in the budget year that ended in September, a record-breaking amount they credit to whistle-blowers and a renewed effort from the Obama administration (Kennedy, 1/24).

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Health Care Jobs Can Be Tough To Find But Primary Care Docs Are In Short Supply

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, January 24, 2011

MarketWatch:  Even Health-Care Jobs Can Be Tough To Find

The diverse health-care sector has held up well through the recession, despite the decline in demand for services as more people lost their incomes and health insurance when they lost their jobs.  Health care employs nearly 14 million Americans, and the sector added an average 21,000 jobs every month through November last year, slightly higher than the average 18,000 jobs added monthly in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Many health care occupations are projected to grow much faster than average in the next decade as the population ages (Gerencher, 1/24).

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CMS issues final ACA rule on program integrity (excerpt)

AHA News Now, January 25, 2011

CMS…announced that a separate notice of proposed rulemaking regarding mandatory compliance programs for providers and suppliers is in process and will be issued at a future date…

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Study: Smoking, obesity hampering U.S. life expectancy

AHA News Now, January 25, 2011

Heavy smoking is a major reason why average U.S. lifespans lag behind those in other high-income nations, according to a report released…by the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council.  U.S. life expectancy at age 50 has risen over the past 25 years, but at a much slower rate than in other wealthy nations.  According to the council, the effects of widespread tobacco use 30-50 years ago are now being seen due to the lag in smoking’s impact on mortality.  However, life expectancy for U.S. men is expected to improve rapidly in the coming decades as their smoking rates have declined in the past 20 years.  Smoking rates for women peaked later.  Obesity may be responsible for one-fifth to one-third of the nation’s lower life expectancy, and could offset the expected gains from declining smoking rates if it continues to climb, the report adds.

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Americans Want to Cut the Deficit Without Cutting Medicare and Medicaid

Weekly News Highlights, January 28, 2011

Although two in three Americans say they are “very concerned” about the federal budget deficit, a majority said they would support no spending reductions in Social Security and Medicare, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.  Nearly half say the same thing about Medicaid.  Very small percentages of Americans support “major reductions” in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Read more here…

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LONG TERM CARE and THE LAW

NAHC is co-sponsoring the American Health Lawyer’s “Long Term Care and the Law” conference in San Diego, February 21-23, 2011.  For the first time there is a home health track and Bill Dombi and Denise Bonn will be speaking.  Bill will be presenting seminars on introductory issues and legislative and regulatory updates, and Denise will be speaking about home care audits and claims denials from ZPICs to RACs.

Here is the link regarding the conference:

http://www.healthlawyers.org/Events/Programs/2011/Pages/LTC11.aspx

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