Budgeting Makes It Hard To Revamp Health Law’s Long-Term-Care Act
The Associated Press: 'Zombie' Program Cuts Deficit
They're calling it the zombie in the budget. It's a long-term care plan the Obama administration has put on hold, fearing it could go bust if actually implemented. Yet while the program exists on paper, monthly premiums the government may never collect count as reducing federal deficits. Real or not, that's $80 billion over the next 10 years. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, CLASS for short, may just keep lurching along indefinitely (Alonso-Zaldivar, 10/8).
Philadelphia Inquirer: Schooling For A New Way To Do Health Care
As Dartmouth College president, (Jim Yong) Kim has started training platoons of health-care-oriented professionals in delivering better care. Kim put together elements of Dartmouth's medical and business schools under an independent institute to start a master's degree program where the emphasis is on such things as cockpit-style checklists for operating rooms and up-to-date electronic medical records accessible at the patient's side. ... "Health-care reform needs champions," Kim said during a lecture on campus (Sell, 10/9).