OVERNIGHT HEALTH: White House vow on Medicaid wins praise

"During her tenure, [Clancy] led AHRQ in supporting groundbreaking research at medical schools and teaching hospitals to improve patient safety, eliminate health disparities, and analyze health services. Her dedication and vision will be missed and we thank her for her dedicated service," said AAMC President Darrell Kirch in a statement. Read Healthwatch's 2011 profile of Clancy here

Waste, fraud, abuse: Six senators, including the leaders of the Finance Committee, made recommendations Thursday for reducing waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. After input from healthcare stakeholders, Sens. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusOvernight Defense: McCain honored in Capitol ceremony | Mattis extends border deployment | Trump to embark on four-country trip after midterms Congress gives McCain the highest honor Judge boots Green Party from Montana ballot in boost to Tester MORE (D-Mont.), Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators MORE (R-Utah), Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Worries grow about political violence as midterms approach President Trump’s war on federal waste American patients face too many hurdles in regard to health-care access MORE (R-Okla.), Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenWyden blasts FEC Republicans for blocking probe into NRA over possible Russia donations Wyden calls for end to political ad targeting on Facebook, Google Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity MORE (D-Ore.), Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces White House denies exploring payroll tax cut to offset worsening economy Schumer joins Pelosi in opposition to post-Brexit trade deal that risks Northern Ireland accord MORE (R-Iowa) and Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperEPA ordered to set stronger smog standards America is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction FARA should apply to Confucius Institutes MORE (D-Del.) called for changing the way audit contractors operate within the Medicare and Medicaid agency; overhauling problematic payment policies; and increasing federal funding of state anti-fraud work in Medicaid.

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"This report incorporates ideas and recommendations from 164 health care experts from across the country and provides a strong foundation to build on as we work on legislative solutions to make Medicare and Medicaid work better," Hatch said in a statement. The report is here.

Bundled care:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 500 groups that will participate in a bundled-payments initiative as part of the Affordable Care Act. The program includes four models for bundling, and works to induce providers to collaborate in order to improve patient health and reduce the cost of care.

"Organizations of providers participating in the initiative will agree to provide CMS a discount from expected payments for the episode of care, and then the provider partners will work together to reduce readmissions, duplicative care, and complications to lower costs through improvement," the announcement said.

The American Medical Association praised the program and called on CMS to expand it.

Working late: More than half of workers plan to postpone retirement longer than they would like in order to maintain health coverage, according to new research. The Employee Benefit Research Institute found that about one in four (27 percent) of workers said they would retire earlier if health coverage were guaranteed. That figure has nearly doubled since 2003, according to EBRI. The findings came as part of the firm's 2012 Health Confidence Survey. Read the report here.


Friday's agenda

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and actor Bradley Cooper will discuss the stigma of mental illness at the Center for American Progress. 



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