Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, President Obama nominated Marilyn B. Tavenner for the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services after the resignation of Dr. Donald M. Berwick, who was never confirmed by the Senate and whose temporary appointment was set to expire at the end of this year. Elsewhere:
- Doctors face a 27% cut in their fees for Medicare patients unless Congress acts soon.
- Disposable catheter camera gets Medicare and Medicaid approval, which advocates will hope will help in colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment.
- The FDA filed for a permanent injunction against a dietary supplement manufacturer, affecting 400 products that don’t meet current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations.
- Arizona is trying to restore some government subsidized health care programs for children in low-income families despite aggressive tightening of the health care budget.