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Berwick Asserts Federal Oversight of State Medicaid Negotiations

September 5, 2011

The Hill reports today on a recent push by Don Berwick and CMS to expand their oversight of state Medicaid rate negotiations, prompting significant pushback from state level health secretaries. As The Hill notes, CMS wants the states to “document the potential impact of proposed cuts to payment rates for doctors and hospitals”, based on [...]

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Berwick Defends Temporary Doc Fix as States Criticize

February 16, 2011

As head of CMS, Don Berwick has routinely chosen to stand by the White House on cost-shifting to the states — a method he upheld this week in defending a temporary “doc fix” which further strains Medicaid and Critics quickly pounced on President Barack Obama‚Äôs proposal to head off scheduled cuts in Medicare payments to [...]

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