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Hospital closures pose threat to public health, and other letters

Hospital closures pose threat to public health, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Regarding the Feb. 23 cover story “Hospitals face closures as 'a new day in healthcare' dawns,” it's a great article. Unfortunately, these closures will eventually place the basic ability to care for our citizens at risk, especially in rapid response to superbugs, Ebola/SARS, natural...

Rate battle peaks as Advantage plans grow

Rate battle peaks as Advantage plans grow

By Bob Herman  |  February 20, 2015

Paula Ercolini is one of about 1.8 million seniors who are part of a Medicare Advantage advocacy group that is blitzing the airwaves and putting pressure on the Obama administration and Congress.

CMS pitches 1.1% boost to Medicare Advantage payments

By Bob Herman  |  February 20, 2015

The CMS has proposed increasing health insurers' Medicare Advantage payments by 1.05% for 2016, a move that kicks off a 45-day dogfight in Washington before the rates are cemented.

Justice Department probing Humana's Medicare risk adjustment

By Bob Herman  |  February 18, 2015

The U.S. Justice Department has asked health insurer Humana for information related to its Medicare Advantage risk-adjustment practices, building off a whistle-blower case from several years ago, Humana said in a regulatory filing late Wednesday.

Lobbying peaks as rates for Medicare Advantage expected

Lobbying peaks as rates for Medicare Advantage expected

By Bob Herman  |  February 14, 2015

Health insurance lobbyists are sharpening their knives this week in preparation for the CMS' scheduled announcement of preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage payment rates after the markets close Friday.

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