Two Washingtons…

Good morning, ProviderNation.

In case you missed it, The Olympian on Friday carried an op-ed from former Washington state officials, urging their colleagues to take a deep breath before tackling the problem with dual eligibles. “Before moving ahead on the plan to move long term care services for dual-eligible elders to a capitated system, managed by people rooted in the health care system, state policy makers need to be certain that access to our efficient and effective current long term system will not be compromised for elders who need and rely upon these services for their dignity and independence,” Charles Reed and Gerald Reilly say.

American Health Care Association President and CEO Gov. Mark Parkinson gives a close, but no cigar, award to the Washington Post.

And tea leaf watchers here in the capital think they see the two parties “inching” close to a deal on the so-called fiscal cliff. But Slate’s inestimable David Weigel thinks that those reports of a conservative insurgency mean that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) must needs wait before he makes any kind of deal.

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