Charles Schumer

Hoping for some 'observation stay' sanity

Hoping for some 'observation stay' sanity

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It was welcome news Tuesday to learn that the confirmation hearing for the person who could officially wind up holding the purse strings for most nursing home payments was civil. Even better was the nominee saying she would look into the ridiculous state of affairs concerning hospital observation stays.

Nursing home payment cuts on the table, Obama administration says

Nursing home payment cuts on the table, Obama administration says

Obama administration officials say that trimming payments to nursing homes and other providers would substantially reduce future Medicare and Medicaid outlays. But officials are insisting that Republicans accept tax hikes as a condition for such spending cuts.

Senate proposal would make visas for some foreign workers harder to attain

Some Democrats in the Senate are considering an overhaul to the nation's rules when it comes to hiring foreign workers for "specialty occupations," including some occupations in the healthcare field.