Capsules: 'Doc Fix' In 'Fiscal Cliff' Plan Cuts Medicare Hospital Payments; School Cafeterias Join Fight Against Childhood Obesity; HHS Stops Short Of Calling For Safety Regulation Of Digital Records

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on “doc fix” details: “The bill would require that, over the next decade, hospitals pick up nearly half of the approximately $30 billion cost of stopping a 26.5 percent payment cut for Medicare physicians, scheduled to begin today” (Carey, 1/1).

Also on Capsules, Colorado Public Radio's Eric Whitney, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports on changes in how school cafeterias operate: "Increasingly, though, the movement to reduce childhood obesity by improving what kids eat in school has changed the game. It means schools are now required to serve more fresh fruits and vegetables. And there’s a movement within the movement that promotes the retro notion of cooking meals from scratch. And that takes a change in the hearts and minds of those behind the lunch line" (Whitney, 12/28).

Finally, Jay Hancock writes about the latest administration effort to make fixes to the nation's electronic health records: "The Obama administration ... urged cooperation between software companies and caregivers to prevent patient harm caused by faulty electronic records. But it stopped short of calling for regulation or a federal requirement to report computer mistakes that pose a risk to patients" (Hancock, 12/21). Check out what else is on the blog

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