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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Essential Estrogen: Iowa, did you hear that?

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

I don't have a transcript or video yet, but Pres. Barack Obama just said in his televised press conference that (paraphrasing): "It is time to start offering [Medicare/Medicaid] reimbursements on quality and not quantity. States should not be rewarded for how many procedures they do." For those who are interested in quality health care in Iowa, this is an amazingly wonderful statement to hear. We have truly wonderful health care quality in Iowa, that has been challenged for years because our state's reimbursement rate is near the bottom of the national rankings. In particular, increasing the reimbursement rate would make it easier for all of our hospitals (but especially those non-critical access hospitals in rural areas) to attract and maintain physicians.

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