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Reform Update: Familiar talking points on Medicare emerge in tight congressional contests
By Paul Demko | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare has not been at the forefront of Iowa's tightly contested Senate race between Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst. But last week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee started running an ad attacking Braley's stance on Medicare. It is also running...
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House backs bill extending small-group plans that violate ACA
By Paul Demko | September 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Legislation that would allow insurers to continue selling small-group plans that don't comply with the coverage requirements of the federal healthcare law through 2018 cleared the House with bipartisan support on Wednesday. But there is practically no chance the proposal will be taken up this year...
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House passes bill to delay rural hospital supervision requirements
By Bob Herman | September 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The House passed a bill that would delay the enforcement of physician supervision requirements that many providers argue is burdensome and costly. The Senate already passed a similar measure.
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CMS questioned on easing impact of tax credits on consumers
By Virgil Dickson | September 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With the 2015 tax filing season kicking off in four months, lawmakers grilled senior Internal Revenue Service and CMS officials about what they're doing to make sure millions of Americans who relied on tax credits for health insurance this year won't end up owing the federal government money.
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CMS delays dialysis center five-star rating system
By Sabriya Rice | September 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government will wait until January to roll out its five-star rating system meant to help consumers compare quality at dialysis centers and is reevaluating the timeline for extending it to hospitals and home care providers.
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Homeland Security on expiring pandemic stockpiles: We know
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to downplay a scathing report finding that the department is ill-prepared to handle a pandemic. According to an audit by the department's inspector general, much of the emergency supplies stockpiled since 2006, including personal protective equipment...
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Reform Update: Using expansion dollars for health plans may be costly, GAO says
By Virgil Dickson | September 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Allowing states to use federal Medicaid expansion dollars to buy low-income adults private health plans on the federal insurance exchange may cost the federal government significantly more than if those states simply expanded their traditional Medicaid programs, the Government Accountability Office...
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OIG audit finds Louisiana miscalculated Medicaid EHR payments
By Joseph Conn | September 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Louisiana's Medicaid electronic health-record incentive payment program for hospitals made incorrect payments to 20 of 25 hospitals reviewed in the first year of the program. The state underpaid some but overpaid more than twice as many, owing the federal government about $1.8 million, according to...
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Healthcare isn't top concern for voters, but ACA could spur opponents to turn out
By Paul Demko | September 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare doesn't appear to be weighing on voters' minds as the November elections approach, according to new polling data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Just 13% of respondents said healthcare was one of the top two issues that will shape how they vote, and only 3% cited the Patient...
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McAuliffe takes narrower Medicaid path in Virginia after expansion blocked
By Virgil Dickson | September 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic governor, has given up on his attempt to expand Medicaid on his own without the support of the GOP-led General Assembly. Instead, he is introducing program improvements for those currently enrolled through an executive order and a series of emergency...
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