Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Health Reform Timeline 2010

Medicare and Prescription Drugs

Medicare This Year:
-- Provides $250 rebate for those who reach the 'donut hole.'
-- Ban new physician-owned hospitals in Medicare.
-- Expand Medicare coverage to individuals who have been exposed to environmental health hazards.
--Coordinate coverage for dual-eligibles.
-- Justify productivity and efficacy of Medicare providers.

Medicaid This Year:
-- Cover childless adults and family planning services through state programs.
-- Adjust rebate percentage for brand name drugs.
-- Provide CHIP services for eligible children of state employees.

Prescription Drugs This Year:
-- Accelerate approval of generic biologic drugs

Quality of Care This Year:
-- Compare efficacy of different protocols.
-- Prepare for national emergencies.

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