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Tax credit extension sought to aid rural providers
By Beth Kutscher | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Advocates are trying to persuade Congress to permanently extend a tax incentive program that helps small and rural healthcare providers obtain financing for building and expansion projects.
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Keep CHIP until exchange problems are fixed, MACPAC asks
By Virgil Dickson | April 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Children's Health Insurance Program should come to an end, but not before fixes to private insurance options are made to ensure no child loses coverage, members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission said Friday after two days of deliberations.
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Blumenthal's takeaway from ONC: Be careful what you wish for
By Joseph Conn | April 11, 2014
The tenure of Dr. David Blumenthal as the third leader of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS from 2009 into 2011 exemplifies the adage, “Be careful what you wish for.”
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House defeats bipartisan fix to 'Obamacare'
By Associated Press | April 09, 2014
The House on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan fix to the Affordable Care Act that would exempt U.S. health plans sold to expatriate workers from having to comply with the law's mandates.
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Kansas Legislature extends ban on Medicaid expansion
By Associated Press | April 05, 2014
The Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature has passed a bill to keep a ban in place indefinitely on expanding the state's Medicaid program under the federal healthcare overhaul.
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Reform Update: Vulnerable Dems wary of trumpeting ACA on campaign trail
By Catherine Hollander | April 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Even as President Barack Obama this week celebrated surpassing the milestone of 7 million Americans enrolled in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, congressional Democrats will still be wary of championing the law's accomplishments in their mid-term election runs.
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New law will give New York NPs more freedom from doctors
By Syracuse.com (N.Y.) | April 02, 2014
Nurse practitioners in New York will be able to operate more independently of doctors under a bill slated to become law as part of the state budget enacted this week.
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ICD-10 delay puts pressure on CMS for answers
By Joe Carlson and Andis Robeznieks | April 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A new law that delays national implementation of the next-generation medical coding system known as ICD-10 has focused intense attention on the CMS to provide clarity for how hospitals, doctors and insurance companies should move forward.
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SGR, ICD-10 extensions approved by Senate
By Catherine Hollander | March 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Senate approved a bill Monday evening that prevents steep cuts to Medicare physician payments from going into effect for one year and delays the conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes for at least one year.
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Connecticut considers property tax changes for not-for-profit hospitals
By Rachel Landen | March 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Two bills that could determine how much money Connecticut municipalities are paid for their tax-exempt properties passed legislative committees this week.
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