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Michigan Medicaid enrollment soars; waiver hurdle remains

By Associated Press  |  March 28, 2015

Healthy Michigan, the state's popular Medicaid expansion program, has led to 600,000 low-income adults making below 133% of the poverty line to be enrolled in government health insurance under the ACA. Now, Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is working to ensure the program continues.

Questions mount on VA cost overruns, delays

Questions mount on VA cost overruns, delays

By Andis Robeznieks  |  March 28, 2015

“Good riddance.” That was the two-word statement issued by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on hearing the news that Glenn Haggstrom, the Veterans Affairs Department chief of acquisition, logistics and construction, had resigned last week.

Prominent ACA experts to debate reform law's success

Prominent ACA experts to debate reform law's success

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 28, 2015

Two prominent voices in the debate over the legality of premium subsidies will go head to head Wednesday on the question of whether healthcare reform is succeeding, five years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law.

Hopes run high for passing doc fix when Senate returns in April

By Paul Demko  |  March 28, 2015

The fix isn't in yet, but it's close. The Senate adjourned for its spring break Friday without taking action on legislation permanently repealing and replacing Medicare's sustainable growth-rate physician-payment formula.

GOP hopes budget will lead to replacing ACA

By Paul Demko  |  March 28, 2015

With their late-night vote last week, Senate Republicans have joined their House counterparts in passing budget blueprints that set the stage for a fierce battle with the White House over the shape of the nation's healthcare system and appropriate levels of taxation and spending.

SGR fix bill also streamlines quality reporting

By Darius Tahir  |  March 28, 2015

The long-awaited sustainable growth-rate fix that passed the House last Thursday and will go to the Senate in mid-April will likely, in addition to instituting a permanent fix for the SGR, simplify quality reporting requirements for providers.

VA hospital reduces worker injuries from moving patients

VA hospital reduces worker injuries from moving patients

By Maureen McKinney  |  March 28, 2015

Despite ample research showing the benefits of using mechanical patient-handling equipment such as overhead lifts, workers at many hospitals and nursing homes still are hoisting and moving patients the old-fashioned way. But that isn't true at the VA Loma Linda (Calif.) Healthcare System.

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