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House backs bill extending small-group plans that violate ACA
By Paul Demko | September 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Legislation that would allow insurers to continue selling small-group plans that don't comply with the coverage requirements of the federal healthcare law through 2018 cleared the House with bipartisan support on Wednesday. But there is practically no chance the proposal will be taken up this year...
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Narrow-network controversy spurs tougher rules for California plans
By Paul Demko | September 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
California health plans would face new requirements designed to ensure they offer adequate provider networks under legislation the state Legislature approved last week. The issue of network adequacy has sparked controversy since the state's exchange opened last year with many narrow-network...
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Reform Update: Healthcare interests spending big in Calif. fight over premium regulation
By Paul Demko | August 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Normally, backers of a ballot initiative that polls show has support from 7 out of 10 registered voters could sit back and start planning their victory party. But that's not the case with California's health insurance-focused Proposition 45.
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California to post doctor discipline data online indefinitely
By Sacramento (Calif.) Business Journal | August 26, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that requires the Medical Board of California to post public information on serious disciplinary action against doctors online indefinitely.
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Vital Signs
Southern opposition to Obamacare not monolithic, could change, new report says
By Paul Demko | August 25, 2014
The South has been a hotbed of opposition to Obamacare with the vast majority of states there opting not to expand Medicaid or establish state-based exchanges, two pillars of the federal healthcare law.
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Reform Update: GOP likely to focus on repealing medical device tax, employer mandate
By Paul Demko | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
If Republicans win control of the Senate in November, which most political forecasters rate as a better-than-even proposition, they almost certainly will vote to repeal Obamacare. In doing so, they will join House Republicans, who have voted many times to wipe out the law. That's what Republican...
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Malpractice claims can be kept out of court, but not the NPDB
By Andis Robeznieks | August 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS has ruled that all medical malpractice claims that include a written demand for payment must be reported to a national database even if the cases are resolved under state programs designed to settle the matters outside of court.
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VA bill signed into law, now doc-recruitment challenge looms
By Virgil Dickson | August 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
President Barack Obama has signed a bill that not only gives the Veterans Affairs Department billions more to contract out care for vets but also roughly $5 billion to hire more medical personnel. However, experts caution that the VA will need to do a superior marketing job to lure doctors away...
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Controversial Medicare recovery audits make limited return
By Paul Demko | August 05, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is restarting audits of Medicare fee-for-service claims on a limited basis. The program has been dormant since June 1 when current audit contracts expired.
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Vital Signs
Not all 30-day readmissions indicate problems, study says
By Sabriya Rice | August 04, 2014
Are all 30-day readmissions really a bad thing? Not necessarily, according to researchers comparing readmission rates among California hospitals. The study found safety net hospitals in the state often had better outcomes on 30-day mortality measures, but were still more likely to face readmission...
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