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Projected ACA costs drop by $100 billion

By Paul Demko  |  January 26, 2015

The insurance coverage provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are expected to cost roughly $100 billion less over the next decade than previously projected, according to the latest analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.

Fresenius operates half of Medicare's lowest-rated dialysis facilities

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 26, 2015

Medicare's new five-star quality-rating system for dialysis facilities suggests significant disparities between the care provided by the nation's largest kidney-care companies. Far fewer Fresenius Medical Care facilities earned five- and four-star ratings than those of competitor DaVita Kidney Care.

Healthways hires financial adviser; move could lead to sale

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 26, 2015

Healthways, a Franklin, Tenn.-based developer of wellness and population-health management programs, has hired an investment bank to advise it on a long-term strategy. The move could lead to a sale of the company, among other alternatives.

CMS plans pilot to better estimate home health agency fraud

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 26, 2015

The CMS is developing a pilot program to determine just how many Medicare fraud cases are taking place in home health agencies. A contractor search is underway to help implement the initiative.

3.2 million newly eligible adults joined Medicaid in early 2014

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 26, 2015

The CMS is taking a deep data dive into Medicaid enrollment data to uncover just how many new adults have joined the state programs since the Affordable Care Act motivated many states to expand eligibility last year.

Empty beds plague Illinois hospitals

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  January 26, 2015

Buffeted by population shifts and changes in health insurance, the hospital industry in Illinois has far more capacity than it needs. More than 12,000 of the roughly 33,000 beds staffed by doctors, nurses and other providers in 2013 were empty even when hospitals were at their busiest.

Acquisition-hungry Emdeon kicking the IPO tires

By Darius Tahir  |  January 26, 2015

Payments and revenue-cycle-management firm Emdeon is contemplating an initial public offering, according to a report in financial publication The Street. If completed, the offering would return the firm to the public markets; it had most recently gone public in August 2009, before being bought out...

WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola

By Associated Press  |  January 25, 2015

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.

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