Capsules: Governors' Group Highlights Health Care In 2013 Outlook; Commonwealth Fund Panel Proposes Options To Slow Health Care Spending

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Shefali S. Kulkarni reports on the National Governors Association's outlook for the year ahead: "As governors gear up to deliver their state-of-the-state addresses later this month, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the National Governors Association spoke Wednesday about the broader policy challenges facing all states in 2013 — and sure enough, health care was among the major issues both mentioned" (Kulkarni, 1/10).

Also on Capsules, Alvin Tran reports on a new Commonwealth Fund report on ways to slow health spending: "A group of health policy professionals Thursday called on federal, state and local governments to help slow the relentless growth of health care spending by setting firm limits on those expenditures. The group ... urged each level of government to agree to hold the increases in health spending to the same rate as the growth of the gross domestic product, a measure of the nation's total economy, while also improving health system performance" (Tran, 1/10). Check out what else is on the blog.

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