Health Costs Inch Up as Obamacare Kicks In

By Jay Hancock, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News Doctors and hospitals treated more patients and collected more payments in the spring as millions gained insurance coverage under the health law, new figures from the government show. But analysts called the second-quarter increases modest and said there is little evidence to suggest that wider coverage and a recovering economy are pushing health spending growth to the painful levels of a decade ago. >> 8 Things You Need to Know About Medicare …

Bill Aims to Root Out Waste In Medicare and Medicaid

New legislation proposed with bipartisan support on Capitol Hill aims to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. Mistakes, inefficiencies and fraud in the two health care programs come at a steep price to both consumers and taxpayers, points out Joyce A. Rogers, senior vice president of government affairs for AARP, which has endorsed the bill. “The PRIME Act is a strong first step toward reducing waste, fraud, and abuse in our public health programs,” she says. (PRIME …

Medicare Board Not Popular With Job Seekers

After every presidential inauguration, ambitious policy wonks scan a “plum book” of available appointments. But some jobs are more like prunes. The Washington Post‘s Sarah Kliff says the new Independent Payment Advisory Board isn’t attracting the type of top talent in health and economics that was envisioned for the influential panel. The mission of the 15-member panel is nothing less than saving the economy by slowing down the growth of Medicare spending, with the hope that slowdown will put a brake …