The July issue of Health Care News reports on the reaction to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, America’s primary health care agency.
Also in this issue:
- A joint effort of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to combat Medicaid fraud is yielding positive results for Louisiana taxpayers.
- The Congressional Budget Office estimates millions of people will ignore the individual mandate to purchase health insurance.
- The federal government is warning that lack of information about the new health care law significantly raises the likelihood of scams targeting vulnerable individuals.
- The delays and costs expected to result from the new health care regime will likely spur greater interest in medical tourism to other countries.
- North Carolina’s experience shows how businesses are reacting to tax changes regarding the federal drug benefit.
- A lawsuit working its way through the courts contends the federal government has no constitutional authority to regulate health care.
- The new health care legislation requires detailed reporting of any gifts or benefits received by physicians from pharmaceutical firms.