KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Pause and Effect on Covid Vaccines
on April 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Podcast panelists discuss a range of health policy developments, from the latest in the covid vaccination effort to the HHS budget, among other things.
Biden Seeks $400 Billion to Buttress Long-Term Care. A Look at What’s at Stake.
by Judith Graham on April 12, 2021 at 9:00 am
Long-term care options are expensive and often out of reach for seniors and people with disabilities. The president has proposed a massive infusion of federal funding for home and community-based health services that advocates say will go a long way toward helping individuals and families.
KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Planning for Round Two
on April 1, 2021 at 6:30 pm
The ink is barely dry on the recent covid relief bill, but Democrats in Congress and President Joe Biden are wasting no time gearing up for their next big legislative package. Meanwhile, predictions of more states expanding Medicaid have proved premature. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Rachel Cohrs of Stat and Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Plus, Rovner interviews KHN’s Lauren Weber, who reported the latest KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month” episode.
Democrats Gave Americans a Big Boost Buying Health Insurance. It Didn’t Come Cheap.
by Noam N. Levey on March 24, 2021 at 9:00 am
The $1.9 trillion covid relief bill expands subsidies for private insurance plans. That will lighten the burden on consumers, but it locks taxpayers into yet more support for the health care industry.
Democrats Eye Medicare Negotiations to Lower Drug Prices
by Emmarie Huetteman on March 23, 2021 at 9:00 am
Progressive and conservative Democratic lawmakers, as well as President Joe Biden, are in favor of authorizing federal officials to negotiate with drugmakers over what Medicare pays for at least some of the most expensive brand-name drugs and to base those prices on the drugs’ clinical benefits. Such a measure could put Republicans in the uncomfortable position of opposing an idea that most voters from both parties generally support.
Under New Cost-Cutting Medicare Rule, Same Surgery, Same Place, Different Bill
by Susan Jaffe on March 23, 2021 at 9:00 am
A Trump administration Medicare rule will push some hospital patients into a Catch-22: The government says several hundred procedures no longer need to be done in a hospital, but it did not approve them to be performed elsewhere. So patients will still need to use a hospital while not officially admitted — and may be charged more out-of-pocket for the care.
Countless Homebound Patients Still Wait for Covid Vaccine Despite Seniors’ Priority
by Judith Graham on February 22, 2021 at 10:00 am
Health organizations have begun sending doctors and nurses to apartment buildings and private homes to vaccinate homebound seniors, but the efforts are slow and spotty.
Medicare Cuts Payment to 774 Hospitals Over Patient Complications
by Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News on February 19, 2021 at 10:00 am
Renowned medical centers are among the quarter of general hospitals that will lose 1% of Medicare payments for one year because their patients have high rates of bedsores, sepsis and other preventable complications.
Look Up Your Hospital: Is It Being Penalized By Medicare?
by Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News on February 18, 2021 at 10:00 am
Each year, Medicare punishes hospitals that have high rates of readmissions and high rates of infections and patient injuries. Check out which hospitals have been penalized.
Montana’s Health Policy MVP Takes Her Playbook on the Road
by Dan Gorenstein and Leslie Walker on February 18, 2021 at 10:00 am
Marilyn Bartlett, credited with saving Montana’s state employee health plan millions of dollars, is a busy consultant now, as states, counties and big businesses try to use her playbook to bring down hospital costs.