March 31, 2011 The Obama administration today released proposed rules that could help hospitals and groups of doctors cooperate more closely in caring for patients. If the approach works, it could save money and improve care.
David Wilson of Florida, with the Stop Infant Circumcision Society, works on a readies a sign for a protest in Washington last March.
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March 30, 2011 Businesses and people pushing for changes in Medicaid policies are taking advantage of strained state budgets to make their case. Some of the suggestions are offbeat.
March 29, 2011 Postponing Medicare eligibility by a couple of years could save the federal government billions of dollars. But the savings would be overshadowed by increased costs of health care for employers, individuals and other programs.
March 24, 2011 Seniors getting health care in their homes will soon have to see a doctor to certify the need for care, or Medicare will not pay for it. Some opponents of the new rule say it places an undue burden on patients and doctors.
A view from the Bronx toward Manhattan.
March 9, 2011 When the severity of patient sickness and special local expenses are taken into account, some areas marked by big Medicare outlays flip from profligate to average or even frugal, according to the calculations from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
March 2, 2011 A raft of studies have come out recently purporting to say how much the health overhaul will cost states. And they reach dramatically different conclusions on the subject.
Govs. Haley Barbour of Mississippi (from right), Gary Herbert of Utah and Deval Patrick of Massachusetts prepare to testify on Capitol Hill.
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March 1, 2011 Potential Republican presidential contender Gov. Haley Barbour made it clear at a House hearing that he wants control over how to spend Mississippi's Medicaid money. He challenged the administration to switch funding to block grants.
February 28, 2011 President Obama offered governors a smaller concession to health spending flexibility than they expected by endorsing a bipartisan proposal to allow states to opt out of most of last year's health law's requirements.
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Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey's FreedomWorks group says vouchers should replace the current Medicare and Medicaid programs.
February 16, 2011 The conservative group FreedomWorks recommends a system of vouchers to replace Medicare, Medicaid and provisions of the new health law.
February 11, 2011 Taking a crack at Medicare is considered dangerous at best. Other health spending cuts could disrupt the implementation of the president's health law.
February 11, 2011 Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) made some comments on the limits of health care that sounded a little like remarks that got the current head of Medicare and Medicaid in hot water.
February 8, 2011 A Florida case shows that people bent on committing Medicare fraud are able to use doctors' identification numbers bilk the systems. An oversight report calls on the Medicare program to be more diligent in verifying the information.
The AMA spent nearly $22 million in 2010.
January 27, 2011 Amid last year's debate over the federal health overhaul, the American Medical Association was the biggest spender for lobbying operations among health care groups. Overall, though, the top 10 health care players spent 9 percent less than they did the year before.
January 25, 2011 The latest poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds opposition to the federal health overhaul law jumped 9 percentage points, from 41 percent in December to 50 percent in January. The proportion of people favoring the law held steady at 41 percent.
January 20, 2011 Attorneys general in Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming hopped aboard a lawsuit in a federal district court in Florida. Opponents of overhaul say the newcomers reflect broad concerns about the constitutionality of the law.
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