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Why Kill the Medicare Advantage Demo?

Margaret Dick Tocknell

While the GAO is critical of the Medicare Advantage Demo plan, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has developed an effective self-regulating plan that has engaged the health plan industry and spurred quality improvement efforts. >>>


Editor's Picks

Medicare Trustees' Report Signals 'A Lot of Work Ahead'

The report reflects the climate of an election year. While it confirms the success of short-term measures to hold down healthcare costs, it fails to incorporate any future dire events, such as another war, one analyst says. >>>

IPPS Proposed Rules Clarify Readmissions Penalties

The proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System rules outline a final methodology to calculate penalties for hospitals with high rates of 30-day readmissions and promise to boost Medicare payments to eligible acute care hospitals. >>>

Cancel Medicare Advantage Demo, Says GAO

A report by the Government Accountability Office says that the Medicare Advantage Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration program, which rewards high-performing health plans, is expensive, poorly run, and should be cancelled. >>>

CABG Readmissions Data Added to CA Outcome Reports

California is the second state to include rates of 30-day readmission in its annual report on coronary artery bypass graft surgery outcomes. >>>

LIVE Webcast

Lower Costs, Boost Productivity in Your Emergency Department

Date: April 30, 2012
About: Increase emergency department throughput with proven cost-reduction and efficiency improvement strategies from three ED leaders at BestPractices, Ochsner Medical Center, and Banner Estrella Medical Center. This customizable webcast allows you to pre-submit speaker questions to guide the discussion and ensure you get the answers your organization needs. >>>

News Headlines

Healthcare laws leave hospitals overwhelmed by 'permanent patients'

MSNBC, April 25, 2012

A nugget of good Medicare news

The Washington Post, April 25, 2012

The next healthcare overhaul? Look to employers

San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press, April 25, 2012

Medicare paid millions in bonuses to ineligible doctors

San Antonio Express-News, April 24, 2012

Insurers alter cost formula, and patients pay more

The New York Times, April 24, 2012

Romney's healthcare plan may be more revolutionary than Obama's

Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2012

GAO: Medicare experiment wastes $8B

The New York Times, April 23, 2012

1 in 4 Americans without health coverage

Reuters, April 20, 2012

What health benefits do the Supreme Court justices receive?

PBS, April 20, 2012

Peter Orszag: Washington fighting wrong healthcare battle

Delaware Online, April 19, 2012

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Date: May 1, 2012
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