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Bogus exchange applications resulted in coverage, GAO says
By Paul Demko | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A day after federal appellate courts issued conflicting rulings about whether individuals who obtain coverage through the federal exchange are eligible for subsidies, a House subcommittee heard about another aspect of health insurance subsidies, namely that it's apparently easy to obtain them under false pretenses.
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Reform Update: Cost-sharing subsidies help poor pay for ACA care
By Bob Herman | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies for buying exchange coverage have drawn huge attention this week following conflicting appellate court rulings about their legality. But far less is known about the law's related provision for helping lower-income Americans afford their deductibles and other cost-sharing burdens.
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Suit alleges Tennessee put Medicaid applicants in limbo by steering them to HealthCare.gov
By Beth Kutscher | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Tennessee residents who faced lengthy delays when they applied for Medicaid are now suing the state for failing to process their applications in a timely manner.
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More digital health startups chosen for NYC accelerator
By Crain's New York Business | July 23, 2014
Seven digital health companies have been selected from among 138 applicants to be part of the second class in the New York Digital Health Accelerator.
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Agents get subsidized Obamacare using fake IDs
By Associated Press | July 23, 2014
Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, congressional investigators said Wednesday. The weak link seemed to be call centers that handled applications for frazzled consumers unable to get through online.
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M-Modal expects to emerge from bankruptcy in coming weeks
By John N. Frank | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Franklin, Tenn.-based medical transcription technology company M-Modal says it expects to emerge from bankruptcy in the next three weeks. M-Modal filed for bankruptcy protection in March, less than two years after it was acquired for a reported $1.1 billion by an investment unit linked to JP Morgan Chase & Co.
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Healthcare technology raises additional privacy issues
By eWeek | July 23, 2014
The proliferation of fitness devices like the Fitbit, health-monitoring applications and advancements in social media and mobile device technology provide new opportunities for healthcare providers, but also raise some pertinent privacy issues, according to a report from the California HealthCare Foundation.
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Government drafting birth-control accommodation
By Associated Press | July 23, 2014
The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious not-for-profits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.
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FDA spars with recalcitrant compounding pharmacy, again
By Wall Street Journal | July 23, 2014
For the third time in 15 months, the FDA is warning healthcare providers and consumers not to use drugs that were made by a Dallas compounder because the medicines may be contaminated. And the ongoing struggle between the agency and NuVision Pharmacy underscores the difficulties that beset the pharmaceutical supply chain despite a recently passed law designed to bolster safety.
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Cox named CFO of Alameda Health System
By Bob Herman | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
David Cox has been appointed CFO of Alameda Health System, a safety net system in Oakland, Calif., effective July 14.
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