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CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

By Darius Tahir  |  January 29, 2015

The CMS announced Thursday that it is considering proposals to shorten the meaningful-use reporting period to 90 days in 2015, something providers and others have been requesting.

Uninsured don’t know about subsidies, Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 29, 2015

Additional outreach about insurance marketplace premium subsidies and expanded eligibility standards for Medicaid is needed to reach the uninsured, a Kaiser Family Foundation study suggests.

Where healthcare is now on march to value-based pay

By Melanie Evans and Bob Herman  |  January 28, 2015

U.S. healthcare providers and insurers start from widely divergent places as some of the largest move to put most of their business into payment models that reward lower cost and higher quality care.

Indiana expanding Medicaid; 350,000 could gain coverage

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 27, 2015

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and HHS have reached an agreement on the state's Medicaid expansion proposal submitted in July, according to CMS spokesman Aaron Albright. As many as 350,000 people could gain coverage as a result.

NYU goes on the M&A hunt as financials continue to improve

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 27, 2015

New York University Hospitals Center is seeking additional deals in New York outside of its home borough of Manhattan, building on an agreement last quarter to affiliate with 396-bed Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn.

HHS sets goals for expanding new Medicare payment models

By Paul Demko  |  January 26, 2015

The Obama administration wants 30% of payments for traditional Medicare benefits to be tied to alternative payment models such as accountable care organizations by the end of 2016. The administration also has set a goal of hitting 50% by the end of 2018.

HCA to be added to S&P 500

By Beth Kutscher and Adam Rubenfire  |  January 23, 2015

HCA, the largest hospital chain by revenue, had a strong 2014 that raised its share price more than 50%. And now it appears that performance was enough to earn it a spot on the elite Standard & Poor's 500.

Iowa declares the demise of CoOportunity Health

By Bob Herman  |  January 23, 2015

The Iowa Insurance Division said Friday that not-for-profit health insurer CoOportunity Health could not be saved and ordered its liquidation by the end of February.

CHS dampens Q4 expectations

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 20, 2015

Shares of Community Health Systems fell as much as 5% Tuesday morning after the company previewed fourth-quarter results that fell below expectations. The chain, however, detailed one-time items that analysts say distorted an operating performance that otherwise offered no big surprises.

CMS chief Tavenner's out; politics complicate replacing her

By Darius Tahir  |  January 16, 2015

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced Friday that she will be leaving the CMS at the end of February. Her replacement, at least temporarily, will be Andy Slavitt, formerly a UnitedHealth Group executive who is now principal deputy administrator.

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