Cadillac tax opponents seek meeting with Obama; Palliative care course will address gaps in case-management training;

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> Five senators sent President Barack Obama a letter requesting a bipartisan, bicameral meeting to review a plan to eliminate the Cadillac tax, a provision of the Affordable Care Act set to take effect in 2018 that would put a 40 percent excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans. Letter

> The California State University Institute for Palliative Care is offering an online course aimed at increasing knowledge about improving the quality of life for patients who have life-threatening illnesses. The course is open to nurses, social workers and others who provide case-management services in health plans of every size. Announcement

> Both supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act shared optimistic and pessimistic views over similar facts at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council on Tuesday. Article

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> Twenty-eight people have been arrested on charges of participating in a "sprawling" healthcare fraud scheme that involves compensation claims. All the individuals, including four medical professionals, have agreed to plead guilty after a two-year investigation involving postal workers and VA employees. Article

> Medicare Advantage plan sponsors could be facing a greater level of scrutiny, and potentially more legal costs, but legal experts say four simple steps could potentially mitigate liability. Article

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