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Calif. health exchange promotes market competition, even with dominant players
By Paul Demko | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Four insurers accounted for nearly 95% of the 1.4 million health plans selected by customers on California's insurance exchange during the recently concluded open-enrollment period, but despite that concentration, experts say the exchange increased competition in individual markets around the state.
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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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Regional News/West: Insurers aid fight against Calif. ballot initiative
By Paul Demko | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A political battle looms over whether regulators in the nation's most populous state will have the authority to reject proposed health insurance rate increases, a power that could make a difference in the fate of the Obamacare insurance exchanges.
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The ACA's midterm report card
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With the Obama administration taking a victory lap after achieving its first-year goals for health insurance sign-ups, it's as good a time as any for reviewing its performance on all the reforms contained in the Affordable Care Act.
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Practice Makes Perfect: Collaborating with insurers to implement new payment models
By Jeffrey Milburn | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Last June, MGMA released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we address No. 8 on that list: collaborating with payers to implement new payment models.
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Reform Update: Exchanges look more appealing to insurers second time around
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurers appear to be increasingly bullish on the fledgling state and federal exchanges, in spite of disastrous rollouts in many of the online marketplaces last fall. Mounting evidence suggests more health plans are poised to compete for exchange business during the 2015 open-enrollment...
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Insurers pour money into fight against Calif. ballot initiative
By Paul Demko | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A political battle looms over whether regulators in the nation's most populous state will have the authority to reject proposed health insurance rate hikes, a power that could make a big difference in the fate of the Obamacare insurance exchanges.
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Price transparency needed from all stakeholders, HFMA task force says
By Rachel Landen | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospitals and health plans should serve as front-line resources on healthcare price information for patients who want to make more informed decisions about their healthcare. But government and employers should also help consumers understand healthcare prices, according to a report released today by...
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Could insurance cover wearable health tech?
By Information Week | April 16, 2014
Wearable computers are becoming fashionable attire for consumers, especially fitness enthusiasts. It's a trend healthcare professionals can tap to improve patient and population health—and that insurers might be willing to pay for.
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Reform Update: Pharmacists call for delay on new Medicaid generic reimbursement rates
By Virgil Dickson | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pharmacists and drug manufacturers are pushing the CMS for a one-year transition period before states attempt to implement a new formula mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will significantly trim Medicaid reimbursement rates for generic drugs.
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