2010 July Health Care News (full text PDF)

Published July 1, 2010

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.