Weekend update

Congress remains out of town this week.  Here are a couple of mop-up items from the Hill newspaper:

  • CMS unveiled its new 2017 value based comprehensive primary care program for Medicare in 16 states. The American Medical Association was pleased with the program “at first glance.”   Improving primary care in Medicare helps the FEHBP because so many FEHBP enrollees have primary Medicare coverage.  
  • The Centers for Disease Control issued a study on tobacco smoking use in the U.S.  The report finds tha use remains high among certain ethic groups. The study suggests focusing anti-smoking efforts on those groups.