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An executive summary of political, legal and regulatory issues that may impact your business, prepared by Polsinelli Shughart Health Care legal and Public Policy professionals.

Due to the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holidays, Health Reform and Related Health Policy News will not be published again until January, 2013.

 

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News

Update for December 19, 2012

 

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President Opposes Medical Device Tax Repeal or Replace

President Obama, in an interview with Frank Vascellaro of Minnesota's news radio WCCO, said that he will not support a delay or repeal of the medical device tax. He said that because of the Affordable Care Act, health care companies are going to get 30 million new customers. [More ...]

 

Senators Call for Extension of Comment Period on ACA Proposed Rules

CMS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight director Gary Cohen, in response to a letter from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that CMS will not extend the 30-day comment period on recently proposed Affordable Care Act regulations. [More ...]

 

AHA Urges U.S. District Court to Expedite Case Involving CMS' Payment Policy

The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced on December 13 that the AHA and hospital co-plaintiffs have filed a motion in federal court urging the court to expedite proceedings in their challenge of a CMS payment policy. [More ...]

 

Commonwealth Fund Finds Health Insurance Premiums and Deductibles Rising at an Historical Rate

A Commonwealth Fund report released on December 12 found that private health insurance premiums are rising significantly faster than income for low- and middle-income families. [More ...]

 

AHA Report Finds Medicare Patients Living Longer, Sicker Lives

AHA released a report on December 11 with the finding that while Medicare patients may be living longer, they also are getting sicker and are contributing to a greater use of health services. [More ...]

 

American College of Physicians Calls for Permanent SGR Repeal

The American College of Physicians is advocating that Congress permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. [More ...]

 

CMS Provides Update on Dual Eligible Demonstration Program

CMS recently testified before the Senate Finance Committee that the beneficiary safeguards will be in place in any approved state demonstration programs for dual-eligible beneficiaries. [More ...]

 

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