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Update for January 16, 2013


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Fiscal Cliff Deal Lengthens Medicare Overpayment Recovery Period

The American Taxpayer Relief Act includes a little-noticed provision that increased the government's overpayment recovery period from three years to five years. The provision is expected to save $500 million in previously uncollected overpayments and will be used to partially offset the Medicare physician payment "doc fix." [More ...]


Cutting Medicaid Provider Tax May Shift Costs to States, CRS Finds

Proposals to reduce or eliminate the Medicaid provider tax threshold would likely force states to reevaluate their current Medicaid spending and service levels, according to a Congressional Research Service report. [More ...]


MedPAC Finalizes Payment Recommendations, GAO Solicits Commissioner Nominations

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently finalized a number of payment recommendations for its March Report to Congress. [More ...]


President Obama Signs SMART Act

President Obama on January 10 signed the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act. [More ...]


CDC Says Flu Levels 'Elevated in Most of the U.S.'

The CDC is reporting that the flu is now widespread across 47 states, up from 41 last week. The flu vaccine has been found to be 62 percent effective in warding off the illness, according to the January 11 edition of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. [More ...]


White House to Lose Key Health Advisor

Nancy Ann DeParle is leaving her position as key health advisor and deputy chief of staff at the White House and is slated to take on a position as a guest scholar in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. [More ...]


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