Obama Praises Congress on Iran and Trade, but Chides Senate G.O.P. Over Nominee

18PREXY thumbStandard Obama Praises Congress on Iran and Trade, but Chides Senate G.O.P. Over NomineeMr. Obama lauded Congress’s recent bipartisanship on Friday, but he sharply criticized G.O.P. senators for delaying a vote on Loretta Lynch, his choice for attorney general.

Jeb Bush Proposes Requiring Medicare End-of-Life Directives

17firstdraft jeg and eggs thumbStandard Jeb Bush Proposes Requiring Medicare End of Life DirectivesJeb Bush’s remarks showed how public opinion has shifted since the firestorm over supposed federal “death panels” in 2009.

Doctors See Benefits and Risks in Medicare Changes

16DOCTORS thumbStandard Doctors See Benefits and Risks in Medicare ChangesMany said the legislation was short on details about how quality of medical care will be measured, and others expressed apprehension about whether the system would be fair.

Keep Patients Healthy, and Doctors Sane

16Cassella thumbStandard Keep Patients Healthy, and Doctors SaneThe new Medicare bill will help us focus on the quality, not quantity, of care.

Senate Approves a Bill on Changes to Medicare

The bill makes sweeping changes in the way Medicare pays doctors and resolves an issue that has bedeviled Congress for more than a decade.

Doctor in Menendez Case Is Indicted on Medicare Fraud Charges

Dr. Salomon Melgen of Florida was accused of a fraud that the government says brought him more than $105 million, charges that are separate from those he faces in the corruption case of Senator Robert Menendez.

As Nursing Homes Chase Lucrative Patients, Quality of Care Is Said to Lag

10rehab web1 thumbStandard As Nursing Homes Chase Lucrative Patients, Quality of Care Is Said to LagSome facilities trying to attract higher-paying Medicare patients are not up to the challenge of providing the needed care; others are shunning Medicaid patients.

From Cybersecurity to Trade Deal, Bills Are Expected to Start Moving

14CONG thumbStandard From Cybersecurity to Trade Deal, Bills Are Expected to Start MovingAs the Republicans’ 100th day in control of Congress approached, Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, said the chamber’s productivity had become better than it had been in years.

The Tangle of Coordinated Health Care

14NOA thumbStandard The Tangle of Coordinated Health CareThe growing number of coordinators and managers at various levels leaves questions about who is mainly in charge.

Where Government Excels

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A Rare Bipartisan Medicare Bill

For years, doctors have faced draconian decreases in their reimbursements, but now Congress could solve this long-festering problem.

A Rare Bipartisan Medicare Bill

For years, doctors have faced draconian decreases in their reimbursements, but now Congress could solve this long-festering problem.

9 New York Doctors Indicted in Medicaid Fraud Using Homeless Patients

The doctors are accused of running unnecessary tests on homeless people, leading to $7 million in false Medicaid and Medicare billings, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said.

House Provision Offers Doctors More Protection Against Malpractice Suits

The bill stipulates that quality standards used by Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act should not be used to show negligence by a doctor or a hospital.

Boehner Reflects on Bipartisan Support for Medicare Bill

In an interview that aired Sunday, Speaker John A. Boehner called the passage of the bill with bipartisan support last week “an opportunity that presented itself.”