An Obama initiative to hold the line on spending has run into a lobbying buzzsaw.
For-profit hospices are making tons of money, but it's not necessarily a good thing.
Congress honored palliative care for terminally ill patients at the behest of American citizens, thus enabling Medicare and Medicaid funding. The higher, humanistic calling of hospice must not be regulated or prosecuted out of existence.
If you think the idea of privatizing Medicare has gone away, that the health insurance industry has thrown in the towel on one of its biggest goals, there was fresh evidence last week that you would be wrong.
Last month, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) asked Congress to require prior authorization for doctors who