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By
PFM
04/21/2014

The Medicare “Data Dump” refers to the recent release of previously inaccessible data on physician billing and payment in Medicare. On April 9, 2014 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the newly-public data set, formally known as the Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File.[i]

By
PFM
02/13/2014

On February 12, 2013, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation.  In this speech, he laid out his priorities for the next four years.  The following is a round-up of the President’s statements on Medicare, as well as those of Senator Marco Rubio, who delivered the GOP response speech, PFM’s response, and relevant media coverage of the State of the Union and its implications for Medicare.

 
By
PFM
03/15/2013

Sequestration, or “the sequester,” is a set of automatic spending cuts authorized by the Budget Control Act, which Congress passed and President Obama signed into law in August 2011.  Sequestration mandates $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts over the next 10 years, with roughly $85 billion slated for this year.

The $1.2 trillion in cuts will be applied evenly to both defense and discretionary domestic spending. The Department of Defense will face $550 billion in cuts, and domestic programs, including education, law enforcement, scientific research and many others will absorb the remainder of cuts.  However, the sequester does protect certain areas of spending from the cuts; spending on wars and military personnel, as well as money allocated for Medicaid, Social Security, Pell grants, veterans' benefits and certain low-income programs will be exempt.

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