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Ambulatory care adds jobs, offsetting hospital hiring losses

Strong ambulatory-care hiring offset job losses at hospitals and nursing homes last month, with overall healthcare employment largely unchanged at 7,000 new jobs, according to the latest round of federal employment data....

Reform Update: Obamacare not seen as flashpoint in midterm elections

Congress is all but done for the summer. That means attention will now pivot toward the fall elections. Four years ago during the August recess, legislators encountered voters in their home districts angry about the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act....

It's a date: HHS final rule sets ICD-10 switch for Oct. 1, 2015

In a final rule issued Thursday afternoon, HHS formally set an Oct. 1, 2015, compliance date for conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes, incorporating the absolute minimum delay imposed by Congress when it ordered HHS to roll back the conversion date previously set for Oct. 1, 2014....

ACA subsidy case being appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Plaintiffs who lost in the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling over the legality of health insurance subsidies being paid to those who bought plans on non-state exchanges have formally asked the Supreme Court to take up the case....

CMS official on HealthCare.gov disaster: Lesson learned

Responding to a scathing review of the Obama administration's handling of HealthCare.gov last year, new CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Andy Slavitt told lawmakers Thursday that the administration is better prepared to avoid and respond to technology problems when a new wave of consumers floods......

Reform Update: California exchange plans have small increases for 2015

Most consumers purchasing coverage on the California health insurance exchange will see small or moderate increases in their 2015 premiums when open enrollment starts Nov. 15. But those consumers paid significantly more for their individual-market coverage in 2014 than they paid for similar plans......

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Reform Update: Obamacare not seen as flashpoint in midterm elections
By Paul Demko | August 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Congress is all but done for the summer. That means attention will now pivot toward the fall elections.
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It's a date: HHS final rule sets ICD-10 switch for Oct. 1, 2015
By Joseph Conn | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a final rule issued Thursday afternoon, HHS formally set an Oct. 1, 2015, compliance date for conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes, incorporating the absolute minimum delay imposed...
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ACA subsidy case being appealed to U.S. Supreme Court
By Bob Herman | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Plaintiffs who lost in the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling over the legality of health insurance subsidies being paid to those who bought plans on non-state exchanges have formally asked the...
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Interest surges in Medicare bundled-payment initiative
By Melanie Evans | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare will nearly triple the number of hospitals and medical groups that are candidates to test bundled payments, one of the health reform law's efforts to revamp healthcare financing.
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House authorizes Obamacare lawsuit
By Paul Demko | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The House passed a resolution Wednesday authorizing a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's constitutional authority to delay the employer mandate in the federal healthcare reform law. The...
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Frosty temps deadlier than heatwaves, CDC says
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 30, 2014
Exposure to cold temperatures kills twice as many people annually as excessive heat does, according to a new government report that found deaths that occurred as a result of extreme weather events...
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Healthcare spending growth lags overall economy
By Melanie Evans | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Consumer health spending growth remained largely flat in the second quarter, preliminary federal estimates show. Annualized spending by consumers for hospital care, clinic visits and other medical...
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WellPoint gains policyholders as earnings slip
By Virgil Dickson | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
WellPoint, repeating a pattern reported by insurer Humana, saw its customer base increase significantly while its earnings fell during the second quarter.
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Merge Healthcare sees losses narrowing despite lower sales
By John N. Frank | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Merge Healthcare, a developer of imaging and interoperability software systems, reported a net loss of $4 million in the second quarter, a marked improvement from a $28.1 million loss in the same...
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IOM report on medical education questions doc-shortage fears
By Andis Robeznieks | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Physician organizations are not happy that an Institute of Medicine panel's vision for overhauling Medicare-funded medical training questions two beliefs that are widely held in healthcare: that a...
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Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary
By Associated Press | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits...
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Smart-pill maker raises $172 million; investors still hungry for digital health
By Darius Tahir | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Startup Proteus Digital Health, whose flagship product is essentially a smart pill to help patients and doctors monitor medication adherence and data, has raised $172 million in new funding,...
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