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Medicare Providers In Trouble - Face Penalties

By January 9, 2013

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From this morning's Wonkbook (Washington Post newsletter):

"More than 80 percent of Medicare providers will face penalties for failing to meet quality thresholds if current performance trends continue, according to a new study. The Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute found Tuesday that fewer than one in five Medicare providers meet the program's Physician Quality Report System (PQRS) standards and are eligible for related bonus payments." Elise Viebeck in The Hill.

And speaking of health care:

"Anthem Blue Cross of California recently landed on the front page of the New York Times for its steep rate increases, some as high as 22 percent. Those big rate increases have raised one big question: Could such big price hikes possibly be justified? The answer turns out to be yes: Anthem has successfully convinced the federal government that three of its double-digit rate increases are reasonable. The health-care law requires insurers to submit all rate increases over 10 percent to the federal government for review." Sarah Kliff in The Washington Post.

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