Obama recommends Senate confirm Andy Slavitt as CMS head; NY lawmakers want to ban filming at hospitals for reality shows;

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> President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Senate to confirm Andy Slavitt as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Bloomberg reports. Article

> New York City lawmakers push to ban filming real-life hospital tragedies for television, according to the New York PostArticle

> Two Honolulu-based healthcare facilities will cut 64 positions and temporarily freeze admissions, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Article

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> A new Government Accountability Office report recommends that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services curtail the financial incentives offered to safety-net hospitals that participate in the 340B drug discount program. Article

 > Medicare will now pay providers who perform hip and knee replacement surgeries based on their ability to deliver high-quality, low-cost care under a five-year initiative announced Thursday by the federal government. Article

And Finally... Taking the party feline. Article