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BREAKING: HHS final rule sets ICD-10 switch for Oct. 1, 2015
By Joseph Conn | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a final rule issued Thursday afternoon, HHS formally set an Oct. 1, 2015, compliance date for conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes, incorporating the absolute minimum delay imposed by Congress when it ordered HHS to roll back the conversion date previously set for Oct. 1, 2014.
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ACA subsidy case being appealed to U.S. Supreme Court
By Bob Herman | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Plaintiffs who lost in the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling over the legality of health insurance subsidies being paid to those who bought plans on non-state exchanges have formally asked the Supreme Court to take up the case.
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CHS sees strong quarter thanks to HMA purchase, fewer uninsured patients
By John N. Frank | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Community Health Systems reported strong results in the second quarter thanks to its acquisition of Health Management Associates in January and to the end of abnormal winter weather patterns that had hurt admissions in the first quarter of the year, the Franklin, Tenn.-based provider reported...
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Compounding pharmacies band together to fight coverage limits
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A group of compounding pharmacies has joined a provider network launched this month, aiming to serve as an intermediary to negotiate with payers. The move comes in response to the recent decision by a number of pharmacy benefits managers to limit coverage of some custom medications.
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CMS official on HealthCare.gov disaster: Lesson learned
By Darius Tahir | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Responding to a scathing review of the Obama administration's handling of HealthCare.gov last year, new CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Andy Slavitt told lawmakers Thursday that the administration is better prepared to avoid and respond to technology problems when a new wave of consumers floods...
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Reform Update: California exchange plans have small increases for 2015
By Rachel Landen | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Most consumers purchasing coverage on the California health insurance exchange will see small or moderate increases in their 2015 premiums when open enrollment starts Nov. 15. But those consumers paid significantly more for their individual-market coverage in 2014 than they paid for similar plans...
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Six states, D.C. extending Medicaid pay raise next year to primary-care docs
By Washington Post | July 31, 2014
Just six states and the District of Columbia will use their own money in 2015 to sustain the federal Medicaid pay raise to primary-care doctors, which was a key provision of the Affordable Care Act intended to make sure millions of low-income people enrolling in the expanding insurance program have...
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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout
By Associated Press | July 31, 2014
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new healthcare program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
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HCA promotes Taylor from interim to permanent head of Parallon
By Bob Herman | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Effective immediately, HCA has named Chris Taylor president of Parallon, the hospital chain's revenue-cycle management subsidiary. Taylor, 51, has led Parallon as interim president since November 2013.
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Portland pediatricians tap big data to keep kids healthy
By Portland Business Journal | July 31, 2014
Portland pediatricians are gaining a new online tool that to help them better track the health of their young patients. The Children's Health Alliance, an association of independent pediatricians in Oregon and Southwest Washington, launched the childhood population health management tool to keep...
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