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The health insurance stock boom

By Bob Herman  |  January 27, 2015

Investors in health insurance companies will surely celebrate the upcoming five-year anniversary of Obamacare, a law that aggressively restricts how insurers do business but nevertheless brought them huge gains in the stock market.

Indiana expanding Medicaid; 350,000 could gain coverage

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.

CMS plans pilot to better estimate home health agency fraud

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 27, 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. Medicare fraud experts praised the endeavor.

Kindred hires Wallace as executive VP, COO

Kindred hires Wallace as executive VP, COO

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 27, 2015

Kent Wallace has been named executive VP and COO at Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare, which operates nearly 2,400 healthcare facilities across the U.S.

Fallout from retiree health plan ruling could send more to exchanges

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 27, 2015

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court vacated a lower court's ruling that allowed M&G Polymers USA's retirees' healthcare benefits to continue indefinitely because the duration of the benefits wasn't explicitly spelled out in a collective bargaining agreement.

Huron buying healthcare consultant Studer Group in $325M deal

By John N. Frank  |  January 27, 2015

Chicago-based Huron Consulting Group is acquiring well-known healthcare consultant Studer Group, in a $325 million deal, creating a healthcare consulting operation that will have more than 1,500 employees, Huron announced Tuesday.

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

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 27, 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.

Projected ACA costs drop by $100 billion

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 27, 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.

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