From the News Desk

This week talk in Washington has centered around the Super Committee’s failure to reach an agreement on deficit reduction, which will mean cuts in healthcare spending. Elsewhere:

  • Medicare will delay HIPAA 5010 enforcement, which some say isn’t a big deal.
  • UnitedHealth has purchased a $2 billion Medicare insurer that focuses on recipients with chronic disease.
  • Another federal anti-fraud program has been announced, giving $9 million to a new program titled Senior Medicare Patrol.
  • Texas is considering steep Medicaid cuts while California challenges Medi-Cal cuts.  
  • Some Republican Presidential candidates have discussed Medicaid cuts on the campaign trail.
  • The FDA revoked approval of Avastin in breast cancer treatment.