Blog | Tuesday, March 2, 2010

QD: News every day--"Final act" for health care reform?

In a letter today to congressional leaders, President Obama said he is exploring four ideas proposed by Republicans at last Thursday's health summit, including using undercover clinicians to track down Medicare/Medicaid waste, allocating $50 million in federal funds to help states retool methods of dealing with medical malpractice lawsuits, increasing state Medicaid reimbursement to doctors, and expanding access to health savings accounts and high-deductible plans. The White House press secretary said today that the health care reform debate is in its "final act." President Obama is expected to release his revised health care plan tomorrow. (New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times)

Meanwhile, a jobs bill introduced in the Senate would put off Medicare cuts to physician reimbursement until August. (MedPage Today)