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29
Jan
15

Lowered Healthcare Costs? Thanks, ObamaCare

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Tara Culp-Ressler: How The Obama Administration Is Getting Serious About Lowering Health Costs

The Obama administration unveiled an ambitious plan on Monday that will make historic changes to the way that doctors get paid. The ultimate goal is to tie more of doctors’ payments to the quality of care they provide, hopefully driving down the trillions of dollars that the U.S. currently spends on health services every year. The reforms are targeted at Medicare, the government program that provides coverage for Americans over the age of 64. Most Medicare providers currently get paid through what’s called a “fee for service” system. They’re paid a flat free for every test or procedure they perform, regardless of whether those services actually improve their patients’ health. Now, the administration wants to shift the program so that more of its payments are tied to health outcomes.

Essentially, that means providers will be rewarded for keeping their patients healthy, and penalized for unnecessary services that don’t advance that goal. Proponents of payment reform are encouraged by the move — which they see as a serious step toward creating a health care system that’s based on the value, rather than the sheer volume, of services. The Affordable Care Act has been slowly moving in this direction over the past few years. The health law created alternative payment models — called “Accountable Care Organizations,” or ACOs — to incentivize providers to work together to improve patient care and cut down on costs. So far, there’s been some evidence that ACOs are successfully improving the quality of health care for Medicare patients. Some are also starting to generate cost savings. If ACOs save enough money, the participating providers earn bonuses, a goal that about a fourth of of them hit last year.

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28
Jan
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel embrace during a farewell ceremony for Hagel at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. Hagel is stepping down once his replacement, Ashton Carter, has been confirmed.

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U.S. President Barack Obama hugs outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia,

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U.S. President Obama and Vice President Biden attend a farewell ceremony for Defense Secretary Hagel at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia

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26
Jan
15

India ♥ President Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at a reception hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on India’s Republic Day at the presidential palace

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U.S. President Obama and the first lady arrive to attend a home reception with several hundred Indian political and cultural figures at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi

U.S. President Obama and first lady Obama wave as they pose with India's President Mukherjee and Prime Minister Modi during home reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave as they pose with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi smile as they talk during a reception in the Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi, India

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U.S. President Obama and the first lady greet guests at a home reception with several hundred Indian political and cultural figures at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi

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U.S. President Obama and first lady Obama pose with India's President Mukherjee and Prime Minister Modi during a home reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi

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President Barack Obama speaks during the India-U.S business summit in New Delhi. President Obama urged business leaders to find ways to seize the “untapped potential” that could unleash greater trade between the U.S. and India

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Honeywell CEO Cote and India's Prime Minister Modi laugh at a remark by U.S. President Obama during a CEO Roundtable and Forum at the India U.S. Business Summit in New Delhi

Honeywell CEO Dave Cote and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laugh at a remark by President Barack Obama during a CEO Roundtable and Forum at the India-U.S. Business Summit

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25
Jan
15

Namaste President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

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President Barack Obama inspects a guard of honor during his welcoming ceremony

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Wing commander Puja Thakur of the Indian Air Force leads the guard of honor

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First Post: Wing Commander Puja Thakur Leads Guard Of Honour for Obama, Scores A Win For Modi Govt

US President Barack Obama’s visit to India for the Republic Day parade is on the path of turning out to be a gigantic public relations success for the Narendra Modi government. Just two days after the Prime Minister launched the government’s ambitious ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign, the country witnessed the first guard of honour in the country’s history led by a woman officer. Wing commander Puja Thakur of the Indian Air Force led the guard of honour in the Raj Bhavan in what is being hailed as a inspiring move by the Modi government.

NDTV reported: “President Obama was given a 21-gun salute at the forecourt of the majestic presidential palace, after which Wing Commander Thakur walked him for the inspection of the Guard of Honour. She is the first woman officer to lead a tri-services Guard of Honour.” Thakur told NDTV that while she was proud of the fact that she was allowed to lead the guard of honour, she really hoped that the incident inspired more women to join the armed forces in the country.

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President Barack Obama pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

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President Barack Obama folds his hands in a traditional Indian greeting gesture, as Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laugh during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential Palace in New Delhi

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25
Jan
15

India: Day One

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the President and First Lady at Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi

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Coming Up

6:45 PM (8:15 AM ET): The President and First Lady meet with Embassy personnel and families, ITC Maurya Hotel, New Dehli

7:35 PM (9:05 AM ET): The President participates in a courtesy call with President Mukherjee

7:50 PM (9:20 AM ET): The President and First Lady attend the state dinner, Rashtrapati Bhavan

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India TV News * NDTV * IBN Live

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The visitors’ book at Raj Ghat: “What Dr Martin Luther King Jr said then remains true today. The spirit of Gandhi is very much alive in India today. And it remains a great gift to the world. May we always live in the spirit of love and peace –  among all people and nations.”

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The menu for the State Dinner

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