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Reform Update: ACO efforts to constrain spending face hurdle—patients
By Melanie Evans | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospitals and doctors aspiring to increase their margins by controlling health spending are finding their patients' indifference to those efforts a significant obstacle. To grasp how significant, look no further than 300 accountable care organizations under contract with Medicare to manage seniors'...
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UnityPoint Health reports 34.5% boost in 2013 operating revenue
By Beth Kutscher | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnityPoint Health, a 12-hospital system in West Des Moines, Iowa, reported an increase in operating surplus in 2013, in part due to higher reimbursement from Medicaid and its value-based contracts.
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Reform Update: States that did not expand Medicaid may see higher premiums, industry experts say
By Virgil Dickson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some industry experts are warning that states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare could see higher insurance premiums next year as hospitals continue to shift the costs of uncompensated care to private insurers.
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Kids getting codeine despite safety concerns
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Little progress has been made toward adhering to national guidelines against the use of drugs containing codeine within hospital emergency department settings, despite concerns about prescribing them for children, a study finds.
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Key governor races could affect ACA implementation, Medicaid expansion
By Rebecca Kern | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With governor races in 36 states this fall, new faces in several governors' chairs could influence those states' stances on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act implementation and Medicaid expansion.
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Illinois gov. promises new controls after Medicaid paid for dead
By Associated Press | April 19, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn is promising tighter controls after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who were dead.
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Kansas extending ban on expansion of Medicaid
By Associated Press | April 19, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has indefinitely extended a ban on expanding Medicaid in Kansas under the federal healthcare overhaul.
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Data Points
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
How many non-elderly Americans will have health insurance in 2014 because of Obamacare? Read Data Points and find out.
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Hospital closures, Medicaid expansion to lead rural health meeting agenda
By Jaimy Lee | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Attendees at the National Rural Health Association annual meeting this week in Las Vegas will hear a lot about recent closures of rural hospitals in states such as Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
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Northwestern Memorial reports strong revenue for quarter, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare reported stronger revenue for its second quarter, thanks primarily to its acquisition of a large physician practice group. Helped along by an influx of $395.4 million in
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