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Berwick Leaves CMS; Tavenner Nominated

This post was originally published on the Mintz Levin Health Law & Policy Matters Blog. Written by Kevin Kappel and Jared Alves The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be due for new leadership as Don Berwick, its current chief executive, steps down today. If all goes according to the Obama Administration’s plan, Berwick will be … Continue reading

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Spending to Save: Innovation Challenge Grants Seek Better Outcomes at a Lower Cost

This post was originally published on the Mintz Levin: Health Law and Policy Matters blog. Written by Jared Alves and Kevin Kappel Stakeholders across the health care spectrum will soon compete for $1 billion in grants offered by the Health Care Innovation Challenge. The initiative, funded as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was announced … Continue reading

Preempting the Courts: Proposed Bill Seeks to Cut, Freeze ACA Spending

This Post was Originally Published on the Mintz Levin: Health Law & Policy Matters Blog  Written by Jared Alves and Kevin Kappel House Subcommittee Chairman Rehberg (R-MT) unveiled his draft Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill that would cut $2.4 billion from 2011 funding levels, on Thursday. While the Chairman contends that it … Continue reading

House Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Health Care Industry Consolidation

This Post was Originally Published on the Mintz Levin: Health Law & Policy Matters Blog  Written by Jared Alves, Kevin Kappel, and Stephanie Willis A House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on September 9th showed that the debate over the meaning of the terms “consolidation” versus “integration” in the health care context is more than petty semantics.  … Continue reading

Municipal Credit Ratings Sustain Super-Downgrades

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. Surprise, confusion and frustration pervade reactions to nearly 200 super-downgrades of municipal credit ratings that occurred over the past year. The Wall Street Journal details reactions by city officials who witnessed ratings drop, and in the 196 cases of super-downgrades, by more than three notches. … Continue reading

USPS Looks to Slow Service, Save Billions

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. In an era when tweets announce an earthquake faster than its tremors, the US Postal Service might buck the speed trend to save $1.5 billion. As reported by The Washington Post, allowing one additional day for First-Class and Priority Mail deliveries would reduce costs associated with the premium … Continue reading

Washington Could Learn a Lot from a Golfer

This post was originally published on the Public Notice Research & Education Fund: Washington Could Learn a Lot Blog. And no we’re not talking about the Presidential or House Speaker kind.  No, their “Golf Summit” experience doesn’t cut it. We need to look at professionals. And with the PGA Championship continuing through Sunday, now is the … Continue reading

Will States Face a Downgrade Too?

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. Standard & Poor’s recent downgrade of the United States’ credit rating leaves 13 states with higher ratings than the federal government. As reported by USA Today, S&P has yet to announce plans to downgrade the ratings of states and municipalities, but the effect may be felt … Continue reading

Failure to Dispose of Nuclear Waste Costs Billions

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. Nuclear waste, like the leftovers in your refrigerator, should be disposed of before its storage overflows. But unlike your leftovers, not disposing of nuclear waste properly has proved to be quite expensive. Washington has defaulted on its promise to transfer waste to repositories, … Continue reading

States Brace for Cuts in Federal Aid

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. With uncertainty surrounding spending cuts in the debt ceiling deal, lawmakers in states and municipalities are bracing for potentially weaker streams of federal cash. And the amount at stake is sizable, with states set to receive $586 billion from the federal government this year, and … Continue reading