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Insurers say they can't help dual-eligibles if they can't find them

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 26, 2014

Bad contact and demographic information for people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid is complicating demonstration programs intended to coordinate and improve the quality of their care, according to insurers participating in the program.

Growing community-based doctors

Growing community-based doctors

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 22, 2014

Around the country, a number of graduate medical education programs are training young doctors in community-based medicine, in the hope that they'll either stay where they are trained or relocate to other underserved communities.

Immigration order may indirectly expand health coverage

Immigration order may indirectly expand health coverage

By Paul Demko  |  November 21, 2014

Experts say President Barack Obama's executive order may indirectly lead to a significant number of immigrants, particularly children, enrolling in Medicaid as well as private health plans.

Another $2 billion-plus year for DOJ healthcare recoveries

Another $2 billion-plus year for DOJ healthcare recoveries

By Lisa Schencker  |  November 20, 2014

The Justice Department recovered $2.3 billion from alleged healthcare fraud schemes in fiscal 2014, down slightly from the $2.6 million it collected the year before, it announced Thursday morning.

Obama urged to include healthcare in immigration end-run

Obama urged to include healthcare in immigration end-run

By Paul Demko  |  November 18, 2014

President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order as soon as this week that would freeze deportations for up to 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally, but they're likely to remain ineligible for Medicaid coverage and exchange subsidies.

Alaska's Medicaid future uncertain despite pro-expansion governor

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 17, 2014

Alaska Gov.-elect Bill Walker's finally determined victory Saturday over incumbent Republican Sean Parnell could mean Alaska will be one of the next states to expand Medicaid. But whether the GOP-controlled Legislature will attempt to block such a move is open to debate.

Medicaid expansion helps Froedtert cut rate of self-pay patients

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 17, 2014

Froedtert Health, a Milwaukee-based system, improved its operating margin in the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 as it significantly increased its revenue on higher patient volume and acuity. But investment losses ultimately took a large bite out of its bottom line.

Walker ousts Parnell in Alaska gubernatorial race

Walker ousts Parnell in Alaska gubernatorial race

By Associated Press  |  November 15, 2014

Independent candidate Bill Walker has won the Alaska governor's race, following an aggressive challenge to Republican Gov. Sean Parnell that included joining campaigns with a Democratic rival.

On the VA, Ebola trials and the SHOP exchanges

On the VA, Ebola trials and the SHOP exchanges

By Merrill Goozner  |  November 15, 2014

Talk about sending mixed messages. Robert McDonald, the new head of the Veterans Affairs Department, wants to hire 28,000 new doctors, nurses and other clinical staff to reduce delays in offering care to the nation's growing VA-eligible population.

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