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Medicaid payouts for office visits may influence cancer screening: study
By Reuters | August 27, 2014
In states where Medicaid pays doctors higher fees for office visits, Medicaid beneficiaries are more likely to be screened for breast, cervical or colorectal cancer, according to a new study.
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Arkansas disability claims fall 19% after Medicaid expansion
By Paul Demko | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The number of Arkansas residents signing up for federal disability benefits has dropped 19% since October 2013, which some state officials are attributing to expanded Medicaid eligibility.
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Reform Update: CMS won't limit flexibility of Oregon CCOs, state says
By Virgil Dickson | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS and Oregon are stepping back from an apparent clash over how the state is paying the managed-care organizations serving Medicaid beneficiaries in its nationally watched Medicaid demonstration. State officials and leaders of Oregon's coordinated-care organizations had expressed strong...
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Sharp HealthCare ACO drops out of Medicare's Pioneer program
By Bob Herman | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Another Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization has exited the program, renewing questions about its long-term sustainability. Sharp HealthCare, a five-hospital system in San Diego, said in its third-quarter financial statement that it dropped out of the Pioneer ACO program.
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What you don't know about Obamacare can't hurt you
By Harris Meyer | August 25, 2014
For some Obamacare opponents running for Congress, when the evidence doesn't support their arguments they simply don't notice it.
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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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Another rural hospital succumbs to mounting financial pressures
By Bob Herman | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Rural hospitals are about to lose another comrade. Crittenden Regional Hospital, a 142-bed facility in West Memphis, Ark., said Monday that it has stopped admitting patients and will permanently shut down by Sept. 7.
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Billing Medicare for poor care not a false claim, court rules
By Bob Herman | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A recent appellate court ruling in favor of an Illinois nursing home could shield other healthcare providers from False Claims Act allegations that involve poor quality of care.
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Presbyterian Healthcare Services sees higher profitability under Medicaid expansion
By Beth Kutscher | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Presbyterian Healthcare Services, the Albuquerque system that has hospital and health plan operations, reported that the state's revamped Medicaid program led to higher profitability in the second quarter of the year.
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Federal directive threatens Oregon Medicaid reform
By Associated Press | August 23, 2014
Officials responsible for implementing ambitious changes to the Oregon HealthPlan are worried a new federal directive could undo the state's Medicaid reform.
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