Obama’s proposed budget would affect seniors’ care

Hospitals and post-acute care providers, Medicare drug providers, and older adults could see substantial changes in payments and benefits if President Obama’s 2015 fiscal year budget proposal is passed as presented. The president’s $3.9 trillion plan includes more than $400 billion in cuts over the next decade in Medicare and Medicaid spending, as well as […]

Health reform core topic pages feature new data, links, concepts

The latest additions to AHCJ’s core curriculum pages on health reform include information about bundled payments, acute and chronic conditions, SHOP exchanges and some resources on overtreatment and screening guidelines. The health reform data page now includes links to the latest readmission rates released by the Agency for Health Care  Research and Quality. Jordan Rau […]

Experts offer story ideas for covering health reform

More than 30 attendees heard local experts sketch the particular challenges and issues presented by the Affordable Care Act in California in the latest “Implementing health reform in the states” panel, hosted by AHCJ’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter on Wednesday night at the San Francisco Chronicle. The panel, one of a series sponsored by […]

‘Doc fix’ flies in the face of rewarding quality, not quantity, of treatment

One of the last things that Congress did before finally getting out of town a few days before Christmas was the so-called “doc fix” – finding money to stave off a scheduled cut for Medicare physician payments. But they only did it for two months – meaning lawmakers will come back in January and struggle […]

‘Dual eligibles’ pingpong between programs, getting stuck along the way

The phrase “dual eligibles” has always been a mouthful for describing people old enough (or disabled enough) to be on Medicare and poor enough to be on Medicaid. M.C. Kim, a cardiac patient quoted in Anna Gorman’s nice Sunday  Los Angeles Times piece on the “duals,” comes up with a clear and easy-to-grasp alternative image: […]