Politics: Harder Than it Looks

Politics: Harder Than it Looks

Now that we’re deep in a fractious electoral season, it’s tempting to descend into rank political speculation about health care issues. So let’s get started. Actually, let’s add a modicum of caution about rushing to precise health policy judgments in the heat of political campaigns. For there’s a tendency to report breathlessly on perceived policy …

Coverage Policy Provocateurs

Coverage Policy Provocateurs

Anyone curious about potential future directions in Medicare coverage policy, or simply looking for a detail-packed treatment of this complex subject, can check out the topic via a newly posted Urban Institute report, which includes as authors former CMS coverage policy officials Sean Tunis (pictured below) and Steve Phurrough. The report rattles around the known …

OIG Report is One “Mole” Some Stakeholders May Want to Whack

OIG Report is One “Mole” Some Stakeholders May Want to Whack

As the Congressional “Super Committee” moves forward with debt/deficit-reduction efforts over the next three and a half months (the panel holds its first meeting today), look for health groups to reach deep into their playbooks, deploying studies, PR, advertising, grass roots campaigns, and similar exotic tactics to make their case against Medicare and other policy …

The Studies of August

The Studies of August

At the very time we’re tempted to sneak a snooze in the hammock a last time or two, we’ve been jarred from our late-August stupor by a traffic jam of reports emanating from a variety of government bodies. Oblivious to the rites of season, studies like these cycle through the landscape on their own unrelenting …