Archive for January 29th, 2015

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Jan
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Giggle The Day Away

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29
Jan
15

A Tweet Or Two

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One more reason why everyone should be watching a Shonda Rhimes show. She has GREAT shows that include diverse faces, voices, and stories front and center. TGIT is back tonight!

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29
Jan
15

President delivers remarks at House Democratic Issues Conference

President Obama is greeted by Gov Tom Wolf and Mayor Michael Nutter upon his arrival at Philadelphia International Airport

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7:10 EST: The President delivers remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference

Live on C-Span and CBS

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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29
Jan
15

Chat Away

29
Jan
15

Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day – Pete Souza: “A view of the President’s chair in the Cabinet Room. The plaques on the chairs of the President and the Vice President are noted with the date of the inauguration; the plaques on the chairs of each Cabinet member are noted with the date of their confirmation by the Senate.” Jan. 29, 2010

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Today (all times Eastern)

12:30: White House press briefing

5:05: The President departs the White House

7:10: Delivers remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference, Philadelphia

9:0: Departs Philadelphia

10:0: Arrives White House

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On This Day

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican member of the Cabinet, feigns being a blocking back for President Barack Obama as he arrives backstage to meet with GOP House leaders before speaking to their issues conference at the Renaissance Baltimore Harbor Place Hotel in Baltimore, Md., Jan. 29, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama greets audience members after delivering remarks on raising the federal minimum wage, at Costco in Lanham, Md., Jan. 29, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama poses for a selfie with Ryan Seacrest after taping a “Let’s Move!” interview at E! Networks in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 29, 2014 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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