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Administration bears down on states to expand Medicaid

Administration bears down on states to expand Medicaid

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 25, 2015

Healthcare providers have mixed responses to the administration's aggressive linkage of uncompensated-care funding to Medicaid expansion. Hospital leaders in Florida, Kansas, Tennessee and Texas strongly support Medicaid expansion but don't want to risk losing the money.

A 25% uninsured rate won't come back, says UAMS chancellor Dr. Dan Rahn

A 25% uninsured rate won't come back, says UAMS chancellor Dr. Dan Rahn

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

Dr. Dan Rahn, chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, discusses how Arkansas' Medicaid expansion has affected his medical center, the uncertain political prospects for preserving the expansion, and how his state is working to increase the number of primary-care physicians.

Income-based 'churn' in coverage less common than feared

Income-based 'churn' in coverage less common than feared

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 22, 2015

Policy experts worried lower-income people would get bumped back and forth between Medicaid and exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act. A Modern Healthcare survey of exchanges and insurers suggests such disruption has been minimal.

Future of dual-eligible demonstrations questioned due to low enrollment

Future of dual-eligible demonstrations questioned due to low enrollment

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 21, 2015

Health plans and state officials are concerned that an ambitious effort to improve coordination of care for millions of low-income and disabled Americans may not yield the cost savings the Obama administration and states hoped for—at least in the projected time frame.

CMS takes tougher Medicaid stance to Texas

CMS takes tougher Medicaid stance to Texas

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 20, 2015

Texas officials and the Obama administration are nearing a showdown over Medicaid expansion that threatens billions of dollars of federal funding that helps healthcare providers care for low-income Texans and improve the quality of care.

Data Points for April 20, 2015

Data Points for April 20, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Data Points for the week of April 20, 2015, covered the following topics: Healthcare costs, Medicaid, CHIP, foreign-educated nurses, prescriptions for Medicaid beneficiaries

Only 251 U.S. hospitals receive 5-star rating on patient satisfaction

Only 251 U.S. hospitals receive 5-star rating on patient satisfaction

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 16, 2015

Just 251 U.S. hospitals received five stars on a new rating system the CMS rolled out Thursday. The new ratings are part of a broader initiative by the federal agency to use a five-star rating system to help consumers compare the quality of healthcare providers.

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