HHS Will Award Quality Bonuses To Some Medicare Advantage PlansThe Associated Press: Obama Administration Eases Pain Of Medicare Cuts
In a policy shift critics see as political, the Health and Human Services department has decided to award quality bonuses to hundreds of Medicare Advantage plans rated merely average. The $6.7 billion infusion could head off service cuts that would have been a headache for Obama and Democrats in next year's elections for the White House and Congress (Alonso-Zaldivar, 4/19). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.