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Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?
By Associated Press | August 17, 2014
Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's healthcare overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.
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Reform Update: Political season injects variables into healthcare agenda
By Andis Robeznieks | August 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The dynamics of healthcare reform may wildly change in the weeks ahead. The congressional calendar calls for a short legislative session followed by nonstop campaigning, a November election followed by a lame-duck session, and then finally the seating of a new Congress that could feature a shift in...
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Columnist attempts to sell conservatives on his healthcare reform plan
By Bob Herman | August 15, 2014
House Republicans repeatedly have voted to delay, defund and repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But as some conservatives have pointed out, it's unrealistic to think President Barack Obama would sign any legislation to repeal or roll back the legislation that defines his tenure...
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GAO finds Medicare's audit contractors may duplicate efforts
By Bob Herman | August 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS' audit contractors may overlap duties and hammer hospitals with multiple reviews of the same payment claims, according to a new Government Accountability Office report that echoes concerns the provider community has voiced for years.
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VA referrals to private doctors up 25%
By Associated Press | August 13, 2014
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says the agency is significantly increasing its referrals of veterans to private doctors following a scandal over long patient waits and falsified appointment records at many VA hospitals and clinics.
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Is the Sunshine Act website repeating HealthCare.gov's mistakes?
By Darius Tahir | August 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A mix-up of information about two physicians with the same name in different states has opened a window on wide-ranging technical problems the CMS is facing with its Open Payments website reporting industry payments to doctors and teaching hospitals.
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CMS checks eligibility of 310,000 immigrants who bought ACA plans
By Virgil Dickson | August 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some immigrants who signed up for insurance coverage via HealthCare.gov have been put on notice that they could lose their coverage unless they immediately furnish proof that they are legally qualified for coverage being offered on the marketplace.
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HealthCare.gov vet to head new U.S. digital team to improve fed websites
By Darius Tahir | August 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Mikey Dickerson, a veteran of the technology battle to fix HealthCare.gov, on Monday became head of a new federal government technology team charged with making U.S. government websites easier for consumers to use.
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Reform Update: News of Fla. premium rate hikes quickly turns political
By Paul Demko | August 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
On Monday, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced that the average premium for health plans sold on the exchange would increase by 13.2% in 2015. And the state's largest insurer, Florida Blue, is planning an even steeper hike of 17.6%. That seemingly gloomy news was immediately seized...
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VA bill signed into law, now doc-recruitment challenge looms
By Virgil Dickson | August 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
President Barack Obama has signed a bill that not only gives the Veterans Affairs Department billions more to contract out care for vets but also roughly $5 billion to hire more medical personnel. However, experts caution that the VA will need to do a superior marketing job to lure doctors away...
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