A university health system in Michigan and a Boston center affiliated with Harvard Medical School are among the first hospitals to join the health-care law’s most ambitious attempt at reducing medical spending, the government said today.
Larry Barrows, 76, spent eight days in a Canton, Connecticut, hospital after falling twice in a day. Despite being covered by Medicare, the federal health plan for the elderly, Barrows was hit with $36,000 in normally reimbursed bills because of an unintended glitch in U.S. rules.
The economic effect of President Barack Obama ’s health-care overhaul remains under debate, with Republicans such as new House Speaker John Boehner calling it a job killer. For lobbyists of the health-care industry and employers, the law amounts to a full-employment act.