Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding the Effect of Section 4205 of the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 on State and Local Menu and Vending Machine Labeling
Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and CY 2011 Payment Rates; Proposed Changes to
the Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System and CY 2011 Payment Rates; Proposed Changes to
Payments to Hospitals for Certain Inpatient Hospital Services and for Graduate Medical Education
Costs; and Proposed Changes to Physician Self-Referral Rules and Related Changes to Provider
Grassley's July 29 letter to Dr. Berwick regarding potential conflicts of interest. The letter did not
comply with Senator’s Grassley request that Berwick disclose information regarding the donors who
funded the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) during Dr. Berwick’s time as its CEO. See the
regarding federal funding for abortions in the new high-risk pools established under the new health law. The letter follows the release of a Congressional Research Servicer eport indicating that neither current law (Hyde Amendment), nor the health care law, nor the Executive Order signed by the President, nor HHS’ contract solicitation for the high-risk pool program specifically prevent federal funds from being used to finance abortion coverage in state high-risk pools. A response was received the next day.
In the next few days a massive ad campaign, aimed at countering anti healthcare efforts will be unveiled,
according to a story in the LA Times. This, “effort is up against an intense Republican campaign that has
painted the healthcare bill as a symbol of all that's wrong with Democratic-dominated Washington.”Polit ico has
a story on the Administration’s efforts to take the focus away from the cost associated with theUnaffordable
Care Act. The story reports that, “Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend
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