March 22, 2012 The health care overhaul law that President Obama championed and Republicans rejected turns two on Friday. Ahead of the big day, we asked for questions from our audiences online and on air. NPR's health policy correspondent Julie Rovner has the answers.
February 22, 2012 California patients and doctors had sued to block the state's decision to cut Medicaid payment rates. But instead of ruling on the matter, the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court, saying "changed circumstances" in the case warrant a different process for deciding it.
December 14, 2011 KHNPatients admitted repeatedly to hospitals can be a big source of revenue and a big quality problem. Soon Medicare will penalize hospitals that readmit too many patients too often. Hospitals are trying some new approaches to care to get ready for the change.
November 23, 2011 KHNMarilyn Tavenner, a nurse, is set to succeed Dr. Donald M. Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Tavenner is the agency's principal deputy administrator and will serve on an acting basis as administrator during the confirmation process.
October 27, 2011 Medicaid, the health program funded jointly by the feds and the states, was devised to cover the poor. But if a provision in last year's federal health law isn't changed, even people with pretty healthy incomes could qualify for Medicaid.
October 7, 2011 Starting in 2014, every health plan in the new marketplaces known as exchangeswill have to provide a minimum package of benefits. A report just out from the Institute of Medicine has given federal officials a framework for coming up with that package, but it didn't provide specifics.
September 19, 2011 But the president made clear that he doesn't intend to make any health cuts unless the Republicans relent on their pledge against new revenues.
September 13, 2011 Federal officials say it's time to try harder on some proven approaches to reducing cardiovascular disease. Within five years such things as better treatment of high blood pressure could make a big difference.
September 8, 2011 People who joined Weight Watchers lost twice as much weight in a year as people who were advised by their doctors, a new study finds. Paying for diet and exercise programs for baby boomers at risk of diabetes could save Medicare billions of dollars in health care costs, another study reports.
August 11, 2011 Is the debt debate turning "entitlements" into a derogatory term, making it easy to take away people's benefits? We ask, "So what are entitlements anyway?"
August 2, 2011 The problem for health care providers – and, potentially, patients – is that a "supercommittee" of 12 members of Congress is charged with coming up with $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction in a very short period of time. Likely near the top of the list to get trimmed will be payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.