Suzy Khimm

Daschle Reactions From Ground Zero Of Health Care Reform
February 03, 2009

On the lowest level of the J.W. Marriott in downtown D.C., hundreds of leading health care experts attending the AcademyHealth's conference are still reeling from the announcement of Daschle's withdrawal.   "Honest to god, I'm stupefied by this," said Marie Michnich from the Institute of Medicine, shortly after the news broke this afternoon. "Now, to see all the work that's been lost. We had a sense of how it was going to work--how we were going to coordinate [health care reform] with the White House. And now we're just spinning." Others seemed similarly flabbergasted.

Daily Round-up, 2/2
February 02, 2009

Obama and Baucus have voiced their support for Daschle.   Physicians for a National Health Program and other liberal groups have launched a new single-payer lobbying campaign. Harvard health economist David Cutler is joining the new administration.   Obama will order a full review of the FDA in the wake of the recent peanut scare.   Governor Paterson is taking heat from unions for the health care cost-control measures in his new budget.   Can disruptive innovation create a new business model for health care?   GlaxoSmithKline is preparing to cut 6,000 jobs.

Daily Round-up, 1/30
January 30, 2009

The Senate passes S-CHIP, 66-32. The Wall Street Journal looks at Daschle's support for episode-based Medicare payments. Global health gains are being threatened by the economic crisis. Schwarzenegger wants to eliminate an $8 billion plan to improve prison medical facilities in California. Congress will hold a peanut contamination hearing. The Boston Globe asks: who's the food villain of the week? Scientists are studying addiction by giving bees cocaine. --Suzy Khimm

Daily Round-up, 1/28
January 28, 2009

At least 25 states are planning to cut Medicaid benefits. The city of San Francisco is suing California health insurers for discriminating against women.   Health insurance premiums could double by 2016 unless health-care reform is passed.   The SEIU is taking over local health care unions. (Check out Brad Plumer's Andy Stern profile for a background primer.)  Nine FDA scientists who complained about being forced to approve high-risk treatments say the agency has targeted them in a criminal investigation.   Researchers are using cell phone videos to promote safe sex.

Daily Round-up, 1/27
January 27, 2009

Countering Clyburn's recent remarks, Pelosi says that the House will take a major step toward health reform this year.   Senator Harkin wants $12.4 billion in health care spending to be included in the stimulus.   Medicare is expanding its coverage of cancer drugs not approved by the FDA.   The VA is planning to expand health care enrollment to 265,000 new veterans.   Women with heart trouble are more likely to experience delays in the ER than men.   Another study confirms that vaccines don't harm children.   A drug-resistant malaria strain is spreading in Southeast Asia.

Daily Round-up, 1/26
January 26, 2009

Medicaid enrollments are surging. Pfizer will acquire Wyeth for $68 billion, and about 8,000 jobs are expected to be lost. The recession is making people sicker, says one Boston hospital. Health care costs for workers have soared, even though employers are footing more of the bill.   Only one in ten laid-off workers chose to be covered by COBRA, mostly due to high costs. Accidental infant deaths rates are on the rise. Canada is experimenting with medical outsourcing. --Suzy Khimm

Daily Round-up, 1/23
January 23, 2009

President Obama overturns the global gag rule today. Bush's global AIDS coordinator has been asked to resign. More elderly Americans are skipping prescribed meds because they can't afford them. A hospital in Minnesota is being used for charging patients a "usurious" 18% interest rate. A bill requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose their gifts to physicians was introduced in the Senate. A terrorism preparedness expert has been appointed to head the CDC. Poor accounting of health care costs is still afflicting the Veterans Affairs Department.

Jump-starting The Economy--and Health Reform
January 22, 2009

Anthony Wright is executive director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition. He blogs daily at the Health Access WeBlog and, happily, he'll now be contributing to The Treatment, as well. Take his opinions seriously; few people boast similar knowledge of health care both in the abstract and in the real world. -- Jonathan Cohn The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee has put out legislative language for their version of an economic stimulus.

Daily Health Round-up, 1/22
January 22, 2009

China is spending $123 billion to provide universal health care by 2011. The Gates Foundation, Germany, and the U.K. are part of a group that's pledged $635 million to eradicate polio. Mental health facilities are on the chopping block in Chicago and Virginia, where officials are struggling to cope with budget cuts.

Daily Health Round-up, 1/21
January 21, 2009

Scientific American wonders if Obama is right that technology can lower health care costs, as the president claimed in his inaugural speech. Most small business owners want the government to provide a public health insurance option, according to a new survey. The Wall Street Journal considers whether Daschle should appoint a "Health Fed" to assess the cost-effectiveness of drugs. George Washington University released a study looking at the health consequences of the 2008-2009 recession. Despite the dismal economic climate, the U.S.