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Calls for repealing Obamacare will fade after this election cycle, pundits predict
By Paul Demko | September 30, 2014
This is the last election cycle in which Republicans will try to reap political advantage by promising to repeal Obamacare, agreed Dr. Avik Roy, a conservative healthcare policy expert, and Chris Jennings, who played a key role on healthcare issues in two Democratic administrations. The pair spoke...
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Reform Update: Doc groups concerned over looming Medicare penalties tied to quality reporting
By Andis Robeznieks | September 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare will begin docking physicians' pay next year if they decline to report on quality measures under the voluntary Physician Quality Reporting System launched in 2007. Providers, however, remain confused and frustrated by its framework.
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Froedtert sees higher patient revenue outpaced by rising expenses
By Beth Kutscher | September 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Milwaukee-based Froedtert Health reported a small decrease in its operating margin in fiscal 2014 as rising expenses overshadowed a 10.4% increase in revenue.
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CVS' Caremark unit settles false claims allegations
By Reuters | September 29, 2014
Caremark, a unit of CVS Health Corp., will pay $6 million to settle U.S. allegations that it knowingly failed to reimburse Medicaid for prescription drug costs paid on behalf of patients who were also covered by private health plans it administered.
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States not enforcing Medicaid physician access rules, report says
By Modern Healthcare | September 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal and state officials have not done enough to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries have adequate access to physicians and as a result Medicaid patients often must wait for months or travel far to see a doctor, HHS’ Office of the Inspector General says in a new report.
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Tenn. gov. presses ahead on Medicaid expansion talks
By Associated Press | September 27, 2014
Gov. Bill Haslam says he's still in talks over finding a way to expand Medicaid in Tennessee despite pushback from fellow Republicans in the state Legislature.
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Asset protection denied for deceased Medicaid recipients
By Virgil Dickson | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
California Gov. Jerry Brown, citing budget concerns, has vetoed a bill that would have limited what the state could recoup for healthcare costs from the estates of dead Medicaid beneficiaries. As a result, some eligible lower-income Californians may decide against signing up for the program,...
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Data Points for Sept. 29, 2014
By Modern Healthcare | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Data Points for the week of Sept. 29, 2014, covered the following topics: Wellness, costs of cardiac telemetry, antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, Medicaid
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Texas says Truven not to blame for flawed data-warehouse bid
By Joseph Conn | September 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Texas health officials are emphasizing that their aborted contracting process for a state-funded healthcare database was not related to any legal or ethical lapse by the apparent winning bidder, Truven Health Analytics.
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Calif. governor vetoes bill to protect dead Medicaid recipients' assets
By Virgil Dickson | September 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
California Gov. Jerry Brown, citing budget concerns, has vetoed a bill that would have limited what the state could recoup for healthcare costs from the estates of dead Medicaid beneficiaries. As a result, some eligible lower-income Californians may choose to not sign up for the program, advocates...
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