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10 years after the revolution | Health IT coordinators look back at the nation's progress
By Joseph Conn | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Four men and one woman have held the nation's top health IT post since the position was first created 10 years ago, each with their own view of what's been accomplished and what lies ahead.
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State plans for dual-eligibles face tough challenges
By Virgil Dickson | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Several states are engaging in initiatives under the CMS' Financial Alignment Initiative to improve care for more than 9 million dual-eligibles by integrating Medicaid and Medicare benefits. But questions loom about enrollment volume, physician participation, plan quality, and whether costs will be...
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Obamacare supporters nervous about legal test of subsidies
By Joe Carlson | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
If the Obama administration loses a high-profile appellate court battle over the insurance premium subsidies in the ACA , it still will have two more chances to make its case for offering the subsidies through HealthCare.gov.
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Insurers struggle to calculate rates as enrollment nears end
By Darius Tahir | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
When open enrollment in the insurance exchanges closes March 31, insurers will be scrambling to evaluate their new membership, assess the law's latest rules, guess at their competitors' strategies—and decide on exchange plan premiums and their choice of markets for 2015.
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Groups at odds over delay of ICD-10
By Joseph Conn | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The ICD-10 delay slipped into a bill passed last week by the House to temporarily patch Medicare physician payment could either prevent a huge financial debacle or waste hundreds of millions of dollars providers already have invested in preparations, depending on who you listen to.
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All aboard the last train, see you next year on Medicare SGR
By Paul Demko | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Congress appears poised to pass yet another patch to Medicare's unpopular sustainable growth-rate formula for physician payments despite fervent opposition from the American Medical Association, its allies and others.
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Broad hardship exemptions could make mandate a paper tiger
By Paul Demko | March 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Obama administration is advising uninsured Americans that they have just one week left to buy coverage to avoid a costly tax penalty under the ACA's individual mandate. But experts say it's unlikely any minimally sophisticated taxpayer will have to pay the penalty in 2015.
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Obamacare's frantic final enrollment drive
By Paul Demko, Virgil Dickson and Melanie Evans | March 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With two weeks left in Obamacare's 2014 open enrollment period, insurers, hospitals, insurance exchanges, community health centers and not-for-profit groups across the country are racing to sign up millions of uninsured Americans, with a particular focus on younger people and minorities.
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Medicaid commission considers future of CHIP
By Virgil Dickson and Harris Meyer | February 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The cloudy future of the landmark Children's Health Insurance Program will be a major topic at Thursday's meeting of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission meeting.
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CBO report highlights how insurance reform is changing workers' choices
By Paul Demko and Jessica Zigmond | February 08, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As the healthcare reform law expands workers' insurance options, many employees will find themselves less tethered to their employers for health coverage.
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