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Kaiser Health News - Politics

  • Sign-Up Figures Trigger New Round Of Health Law Political Spin
    President Barack Obama uses the new enrollment numbers to urge Democrats to be proud of the health law and calls on Republicans to back off in their push to repeal the measure. GOP leaders, though, do not appear to soften their positions.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 2:48pm -
  • Are Exchanges More Appealing To Insurers Now?
    Elsewhere, in Colorado, new fees on consumers and insurance plans would raise $13 million to help run that state's exchange next year.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:52pm -
  • Obama Presses Scrutiny Of 2015 Health Insurance Rates
    The president made his appeal to state insurance commissioners at a meeting Thursday. Elsewhere, consumer spending related to the health law jumps, the GOP again demands to know the White House's involvement in the rollout, and hospita…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:50pm -
  • Sebelius Says No To Kansas Senate Run
    Despite recent appeals from Democrats for outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to run against Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., she has declined. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that political attack ads are now trying to offe…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:50pm -
  • Viewpoints: The Number Keeps Rising; New Fears About Census Fracus; Patients Lose As Insurers 'Play Games'
    A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:48pm -
  • Political Cartoon: 'Double Cross?'
    Take a look at KHN's lighter side, featuring today's cartoon and health policy haiku.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:47pm -
  • First Edition: April 18, 2014
    Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports and analysis about President Barack Obama's announcement that health law sign-ups hit the 8 million mark.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 11:33am -
  • Health Law Strategies Emerge For Congressional Campaigns
    Some Democrats are pointing to recent good news about the health law and urging candidates in tough races to embrace the overhaul. At the same time, GOP leaders say criticism of the law will resonate with voters.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • Will Sebelius Run?
    News outlets report that outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is contemplating a run for the Senate in Kansas.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 1:59pm -
  • Va. Small Business Owners Press GOP To Expand Medicaid
    More than 400 have signed a letter to Virginia's House speaker asking Republicans to drop their opposition to the effort. Meanwhile, Utah's governor says he is encouraged about his state's prospects for its plan after talks with federal officials, an…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 1:34pm -

MedPage Today - Washington Watch

  • newSurvey Favors Medicare Pay Data Release
    (MedPage Today) -- Almost three of out five readers believe Medicare's release last week of data on what it paid individual doctors was a good idea, according to results of a poll on the MedPage Today website.
    - 1 hour ago, 19 Apr 14, 4:00pm -
  • newD.C. Week: ACA Enrollment Tops Expectations
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- The White House heralded the early successes of the Affordable Care Act here in what has been a mostly quiet week because of religious holidays.
    - 1 hour ago, 19 Apr 14, 4:00pm -
  • newICD-10 Follies: Fear of the Easter Bunny
    (MedPage Today) -- Although the forthcoming move to the ICD-10 coding system has been pushed back, MedPage Today still thinks it's worthwhile to spotlight some of those thousands of new codes that might just be getting a bit too granular.
    - 3 hours ago, 19 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • newAir Space: E-Cigarette Reg Leaked to Industry?
    (MedPage Today) -- After years of FDA foot-dragging amid calls for action on electronic cigarettes, an industry group nearly stole the agency's thunder with an apparently leaked copy of an impending draft regulation.
    - 19 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 10:05pm -
  • newHospital Visits Fell When Seniors Got Drug Coverage
    (MedPage Today) -- The advent of Medicare prescription drug coverage was associated with an 8% drop in hospital admissions and nearly as much in hospital-cost savings -- or about $1.5 billion a year, researchers found.
    - 20 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 9:04pm -
  • Morning Break: Obama Claims Win, GOP Says Not So Fast
    (MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 2:43pm -
  • FDA OKs Ragwitek Hay Fever Tablet
    (MedPage Today) -- The FDA approved the ragweed allergy treatment Ragwitek, the third sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) approval this month.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:38pm -
  • Small Practices: Down but Not Out
    (MedPage Today) -- It's becoming harder and harder for small practices -- the "onesies" and "twosies" -- to stay alive in today's world of medicine as they cope with changes in health insurance, added administrative burdens, and changing referral pat…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 10:35pm -
  • Obama: Enrollment in ACA Plans Hits 8 Million
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Enrollment in private health plans sold under the Affordable Care Act has topped 8 million, President Obama said Thursday.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 10:03pm -
  • FDA Warns of Cancer Risk With Laparoscopic Device
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Hysterectomy and procedures to remove uterine fibroids should avoid use of laparoscopic power morcellation, according to a safety advisory from the Food and Drug Administration.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 9:29pm -

i360 Gov - Healthcare Policy & IT News

  • Enrollments Exceed Obama’s Target for Health Care Act
    The New York Times: WASHINGTON — President Obama announced Thursday that eight million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, including what the White House said were a sufficient number of young, healthy adults,…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 12:04pm -
  • FDA warns common uterine fibroid surgery can spread undetected cancer
    Reuters: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that a common surgical procedure used to remove uterine fibroids could spread undetected uterine cancer.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 12:03pm -
  • A Critique of the New HIPAA Audit Plans
    Gov Info Security: As the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights gears up to begin its next round of HIPAA compliance audits, security and privacy experts are giving OCR's plans mixed reviews.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 12:03pm -
  • MU gets low marks for improving care
    Healthcare IT News: Sure, the EHR Incentive Program – with its $22 billion paid out thus far to meaningful users – might have helped bring the healthcare sector out of the Dark Ages and into the 21st Century, but do these systems really improve t…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 12:02pm -
  • So, there's an ICD-10 delay: Now what?
    Government Health IT: Now that medical practices have been legislated a reprieve from ICD-10 implementation, what should you do now? Here are some ideas:Stretch out the timeline.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 10:39am -
  • AHIMA demands 2015 start for ICD-10
    Healthcare IT News: The American Health Information Management Association has called for the Department of Health and Human Services to announce Oct. 1, 2015, as the new implementation date for ICD-10 as soon as possible.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 10:38am -
  • States battle asthma as numbers grow
    USA Today: In a valley wedged between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, St. Louis often finds itself beset by a stationary air mass that only a severe storm of some kind can dislodge. St. Louis is also an industrial city with high humidity, so it'…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 10:38am -
  • Lack of Interoperability Holding Back 'Robust Health Data Infrastructure'
    Healthcare Informatics: The lack of interoperability is a major impediment to the development of a robust health data infrastructure, according to an independent report commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with input…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 10:37am -
  • Obama Administration Won't Extend Health-Insurance Enrollment
    The Wall Street Journal (online registration required): The Obama administration said on Tuesday that a midnight deadline for most people to finish health-insurance applications for private coverage this year wouldn't be extended amid signs that enro…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 11:01am -
  • Census survey revisions mask health law effects
    Boston Globe: WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 11:00am -