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Arkansas' Medicaid expansion model could hinge on election outcomes

Arkansas' Medicaid expansion model could hinge on election outcomes

Arkansas' private-option approach on expanding Medicaid has been widely hailed as a model for other states. It also remains at the center of heated election battles in Arkansas.

Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

By Associated Press  |  October 31, 2014
Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola.

Breier tapped to replace Diaz as Kindred CEO

By Bob Herman  |  October 30, 2014
Breier tapped to replace Diaz as Kindred CEO

Ben Breier, president and COO of Kindred Healthcare, will take over next year as CEO of the Louisville, Ky.-based post-acute-care operator, which is in the process of ballooning into a $7.1 billion company through the buyout of another large post-acute company.



Providers

Mercy, Rockford Health to forge two-state ACO

Mercy Health System, a three-hospital, not-for-profit based in Janesville, Wis., and Rockford (Ill.) Health System, a two-hospital not-for-profit, will merge to create a new health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Government

CMS final rule requires Sunshine Act reporting of CME payments

Doctors will be paid for Medicare care coordination, wellness and behavioral health telehealth visits. But, under final rules issued by the CMS late Friday, physicians also could see all Medicare payments cut by roughly 21% in April if the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula cuts are allowed...

Technology

Feds put HIPAA health plan identifiers on hold

The CMS has hit the pause button on enforcing its own rule requiring the use of a national health plan identifier. The rule has garnered industry criticism, so this pause could be recognition that perhaps the rule should be reconsidered.

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