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CMS Administrator Nomination Hearings: Challenges Facing Kerry Weems

Kerry Weems, Secretary Mike Leavitt's deputy chief of staff and President Bush's nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), faces tough Senate confirmation hearings in July. A savvy, career HHS insider with a wealth of experience in the fiscal and organizational mechanics of federal health programs, Mr. Weems is a good choice for an administrator...

Medicare Advantage: Understanding Medicare Private Fee-For-Service Plans

Of the 45 million Medicare beneficiaries, 19 percent are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage health plan. The other 81 percent choose to remain in traditional fee-for-service Medicare for Part A and Part B services. Governed under Part C of Medicare, Medicare Advantage health plans come in several flavors, most notably HMOs, PPOs, special needs plans (SNPs), and private fee-for-service...

Health Care Innovation: Medicaid, State Health Reform, and Diffusion of Innovation Among States

When it comes to innovation in health coverage, finance, and purchasing, states are the most likely innovators. The role states can play as laboratories of reform is a key advantage of our Federalist system of government. Right now, as many states find themselves in a strong fiscal condition, states are taking the lead in expanding health coverage, reforming market...

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