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4th Circuit upholds ACA insurance subsidies
By Joe Carlson | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal judges in Richmond., Va., unanimously upheld the legality of subsidies for insurance exchanges in every state Tuesday. The ruling came roughly two hours after a panel of judges in Washington ruled subsidies on federal exchanges were illegal under language in the Patient Protection and...
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D.C. appeals court strikes down ACA insurance subsidies for federal exchanges
By Joe Carlson | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal appeals court has ruled the Obama administration cannot subsidize insurance premiums for nearly 7 million Americans, dealing a serious blow to the Affordable Care Act. The ruling sets up an almost-certain appeal to the Supreme Court.
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Infirmary Health to pay $25 million to settle suit alleging pay for referrals
By Joe Carlson | July 22, 2014
One of Alabama's largest health systems is paying $25 million to resolve a federal lawsuit that claimed its clinics routinely overpaid doctors to refer their radiology patients to hospitals.
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Guest Commentary: Telemedicine a necessary investment for rural hospitals
By Bryan Coffey | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Small hospitals across America are wondering whether they can afford a telemedicine robot. From our perspective, how can you afford not to make that investment?
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Osteopathic association votes for advanced billing estimates for patients
By Andis Robeznieks | July 22, 2014
The American Osteopathic Association is advocating for hospitals and other healthcare facilities to give patients an advance estimate of what their total costs will be for scheduled procedures. The association also wants that estimate to include whether ancillary fees for laboratory, imaging and...
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Narrow insurance networks under ACA depressing physician pay
By Andis Robeznieks | July 22, 2014
The physician pay landscape has flattened out, and healthcare reform may be a primary cause. Of the 23 specialties tracked in Modern Healthcare's 21st Annual Physician Compensation Survey, average compensation went up for 12 and down for 11. But with a few exceptions, most could be seen as...
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Providers, insurers grapple with narrow-network backlash
By Paul Demko | July 22, 2014
With narrow networks as the new reality of the insurance landscape, insurers and providers face new challenges when informing consumers about their options.
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Prices for outpatient hospital services rise 0.5%
By Bob Herman | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Prices that private health insurers paid for all hospital services increased 0.2% in June, mostly spurred by the outpatient side, according to the latest seasonally adjusted figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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SEIU reaches tentative pact with N.Y. not-for-profit hospitals
By Melanie Evans | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East union reached a tentative four-year contract with the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York.
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ACGME to accredit osteopathic residencies
By Andis Robeznieks | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Osteopathic Association's House of Delegates voted to move ahead with the board's decision to use a single accreditation system for physician graduate medical education.
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