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ACA to be Replaced with AHCA
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 07:33 AM

News bite:  Congressional Republicans have unveiled a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and plan to replace it with the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  Want to know what it proposes?  Here is a synopsis.

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NIH Would see Huge Budget Cut Under New Budget
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 07:29 AM

News bite:  The National Institutes of Health would absorb a $5.8 billion reduction under President Trump’s first budget proposal — equal to about 19 percent of its current $30.3 billion discretionary budget. The plan “includes a major reorganization” of NIH’s 27 institutes and centers and would eliminate the Fogarty International Center, a $69.1 million program dedicated to building partnerships between health research institutions in the United States and abroad.  The agency passes out more than 80 percent of its money to more than 300,000 researchers at universities across the country and abroad.

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Senate Confirms Verma to Head CMS
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 07:26 AM

News bite:  The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Seema Verma as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Verma is called the "godmother" of Medicaid reform for her work on Indiana's Medicaid expansion program.

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UnitedHealth Sued by U.S. Government Over Medicare Charges
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Monday, March 06, 2017 01:34 PM

News bite:  It seems that “insurance fraud” does NOT extend ONLY to health providers.  The US Government is suing UnitedHealth and others for inflating its plan members’ risk scores since at least 2006 in order to boost payments under Medicare Advantage's risk adjustment program.

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Health Report from DC: March 5, 2017
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Monday, March 06, 2017 01:28 PM

News bite:  In Washington, D.C., a congressional committee has voted to impose a nationwide cap on medical malpractice “pain and suffering damages.”  Robert Kennedy Jr. reports that plans for a vaccine safety commission continue in play.  By 2025 nearly 20% of of the total US economy will be for “health spending.”  Because of recent changes in administrative implementation of rules at the IRS the Obamacare insurance mandate and penalty are effectively dead.  Seema Verma, head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), concurs with many physicians about electronic health record (EHR) systems.

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