Capsules: Report: Health Law Tax Credit Could Benefit 26 Million; The Medicare Budget Cuts No One Likes; Study: Patient Satisfaction May Not Be Good Quality Indicator; Innovators Preach Health Care Change At TED MED

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on Medicare budget cuts: "Just in case the Obama administration didn't know it already, cutting Medicare is hard to do. During a Senate Finance Committee hearing Wednesday on President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget, Democrats and Republicans proved that. Both Republicans, who have sought major changes to entitlements, and Democrats, who have vowed to preserve the programs, expressed concerns with the president's blueprint" (Carey, 4/18).

In addition, Jay Hancock reports on a new Families USA report detailing who might benefit from the health law's tax credits: "As experts focus on the cost of requiring everybody to have health coverage next year, a new study highlights the broad reach of federal subsidies to help people pay for it. Nearly 26 million Americans will be eligible for tax credits under the Affordable Care Act to partly offset the cost of insurance in online state marketplaces, says Families USA, a consumer interest group that supports the health law" (Hancock, 4/18).

Also on the blog, Jordan Rau reports on findings from a patient satisfaction study: "You may have found your doctor to be a great communicator, your hospital room clean and quiet and your pain well controlled. Yet a study finds these opinions are not barometers of whether your hospital's surgical care is any good" (Rau, 4/17).

And, Ankita Rao reports on TEDMED: "The annual conference, part of the media and innovation company TED (of new-media favorite TED Talks) is being held this week at Washington's John F. Kennedy Center For Performing Arts, and it features a range of speakers meant to stir imaginative solutions and conversations around health care. There are also TEDMED live events happening in 81 countries, with broadcasts reaching an estimated 200,000 people" (Rao, 4/17). Check out what else is on the blog.

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