A selection of health policy stories from Virginia, the District of Columbia and California.
Modern Healthcare: Reform Update: States Make Progress In Medicaid Parity Payments States are making progress carrying out a provision of the health care reform law that calls for increasing Medicaid primary-care payments for 2013 and 2014 to match what Medicare pays. Anecdotal evidence has suggested that few physicians were getting the promised pay bump (Robeznieks, 11/11).
The Associated Press/Washington Post: U.Va. Medical Center CEO Says Hospital Could Lose Millions Of Dollars Under ACA The University of Virginia Medical Center’s CEO says provisions of the federal health care law could cost the hospital hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade. Chief executive officer R. Edward Howell tells The Daily Progress that a reduction in Medicare reimbursements could cost the hospital $140 million by 2020.