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Illinois Blues names new president

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 27, 2015

Maurice Smith has been promoted to president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Smith, 43, previously served as senior VP of treasury, business development and subsidiary management at the Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp., which owns the Blues affiliate.

Affordable Care Act's benefits for hospitals aren't yet clear

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 27, 2015

Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid are seeing a sharp drop in charity care and an increase in admissions. But hospitals in general are seeing higher-acuity patients and losing out to lower-cost providers for less-complex care.

Medicare RAC restrictions hinder HMS Holdings' Q4 growth

By Bob Herman  |  February 27, 2015

HMS Holdings Corp. hit the red ink in the fourth quarter thanks to the lingering standstill in Medicare's recovery audit program, but growing Medicaid contracts offered the company some relief.

GOP claims paper shows White House prepping for health law loss

By Associated Press  |  February 27, 2015

A leading House Republican claimed Thursday that he's been told of a 100-page document showing the Obama administration is preparing contingency plans in case the Supreme Court invalidates subsidies that help millions of Americans afford healthcare coverage.

Hospitals mount campaign against site-neutral Medicare payments

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 26, 2015

Hospital leaders are working to head off any momentum in Congress toward overhauling Medicare rates to pay hospitals the same for outpatient services as the program pays for the same services in physician offices.

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