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Obamacare legal battle threatens subsidies for millions
By Joe Carlson | June 14, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
If Obamacare opponents succeed in their legal battle to block premium subsidies offered through the federal exchange, millions of Americans would lose their insurance, thousands of companies would avoid a penalty for not providing employee coverage, and premiums in the individual market would soar.
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States struggle to fund Obamacare exchanges in 2015
By Paul Demko | June 14, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
States across the country are scrambling to find a viable model to fund their Obamacare insurance exchanges in 2015, when the healthcare reform law weans state-run exchanges from federal support and requires them to be financially self-sufficient.
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HHS inspector general puts insurance exchanges on his agenda
By Modern Healthcare | June 07, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Daniel Levinson heads HHS' Office of the Inspector General and is chief watchdog for fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid, overseeing 1,500 employees. He recently spoke about the agency's priorities in investigating the use of electronic health records, billing in Medicare's prescription drug...
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Firing Shinseki only start of VA's needed overhaul: experts
By Virgil Dickson, Rachel Landen and Bob Herman | May 31, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Friday's resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in the midst of the mushrooming scandal over patient waiting times will allow the VA healthcare system and its new leader to focus on improving access and care for veterans, President Barack Obama said.
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VA issues go beyond alleged wait-time problem
By Rachel Landen | May 24, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics serving tens of thousands of American military veterans rank among the best in the nation for quality of care and patient satisfaction. But red tape, inefficient appointment scheduling and a maldistribution of facilities are contributing to backlogs that...
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Congress returns to ACA battles and a narrow reform tweak
By Paul Demko | April 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
President Barack Obama has announced that enrollments in the insurance exchanges had reached 8 million and the Congressional Budget Office projected that exchange plan premiums would be 15% lower in 2016 than anticipated. But don't expect Republicans to sing Obamacare's praises when Congress...
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8 million enrollment total tops good-news week for Obamacare
By Paul Demko | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Higher-than-expected enrollment, lower-than-expected premiums and subsidy costs, and increased interest from insurers made last week a good one for Obamacare, leaving Republican critics scrambling to figure out how to respond.
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Antitrust laws exist to protect consumers, not providers
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Markus Meier, assistant director for healthcare enforcement in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, discusses the agency's view of accountable care organizations, hospital mergers and acquisitions activity, and drugmakers' pay-for-delay agreements.
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Bruised by ICD-10 delay, healthcare execs huddle over what to do next
By Joe Carlson, Joseph Conn and Andis Robeznieks | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare providers, insurers and other organizations now will have to wrestle with when they think the government will ultimately push the button on ICD-10 in deciding when they should start—or restart—training their doctors and workers.
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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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