Mid-week miscellany

  • Modern Healthcare.com reports that AHRQ released its 2007 State Snapshots “which are individual looks at every state and the District of Columbia, include 149 separate measures of quality, 20 more than last year’s 129 measures. The analysis also has a new feature to track state progress on meeting federal goals through the Healthy People 2010 initiative.” Minnesota and Wisconsin lead the pack.
  • The Medicare Trustees issued another dire report about Medicare Program funding or the lack thereof as reported in the New York Times. The Secretary of HHS blogs about the issue here. Medicare Part A funds are expected to run out in 2019 just before I become eligible for Medicare. USA Today reports that Pete Stark, D-Calif. said: “Reports of Medicare’s death have been greatly exaggerated.”