April 22, 2013
Supporters of a proposed rule to change the companion exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act pressured the Obama administration last week to make a final ruling.
April 15, 2013
While Republican members of Congress have announced plans to once again use budget measures to attempt to defund key parts of health reform - including nearly $1 billion the Office of Management and Budget requested for CMS, which presumably would be used for the establishment and operation of state health insurance exchanges - their Republican counterparts who occupy state governors' mansions have begun to sing a different tune.
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February 20, 2013
Two percent cuts may not sound deep, but the sequester, scheduled to start March 1 unless Congress acts, will be painful, and has the healthcare industry worried.
January 17, 2013
On January 8, 2013, the Obama Administration published its latest semiannual regulatory agenda, outlining planned regulatory initiatives in a number of policy areas.
September 18, 2012
An Office of Management and Budget (OMB) report released last week that showed sequestration would cause an $11 billion cut to Medicare and looming cuts to physician reimbursements under the sustainable growth rate formula (SGR) has physicians groups saying the cuts would eviscerate their ability to provide quality care.
November 17, 2011
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced Tuesday that the Obama administration has decreased improper payments by $17.6 billion dollars in 2011.
November 25, 2009
Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform will hold a media conference call today to discuss cost-containment and delivery system reform measures in health insurance reform legislation being considered in Congress.
September 03, 2009
According to a new report, Medicare Advantage plans will be paid $11 billion in 2009, or $1,140 more per enrollee than it would cost to care for the same number of beneficiaries under traditional fee-for-service Medicare.
March 09, 2009
The economic stimulus package has now been signed into law by President Obama. In addition to the funding allocated for healthcare IT in hospitals and physician offices, it calls for the establishment of a federal agency that would help coordinate research on comparative effectiveness which will determine which medical procedures, drugs and devices work better than others - to the tune of $1.1 billion.
March 04, 2009
Today, according to the Associated Press and Washington Post, President Obama will announce Kathleen Sebelius as his nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. She has a once in a lifetime opportunity to execute healthcare reform - a popular President, a sense of urgency, and enough resources to get the job done. What are these resources?