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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.

CMS says some providers are obstructing dual-eligible demonstration

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 11, 2014

The CMS official in charge of coordinating care for Americans covered by both Medicare and Medicaid says some providers are illegitimately trying to dissuade dual-eligible beneficiaries from participating in a managed-care initiative designed to reduce costs and improve quality.

Arizona Supreme Court hears Medicaid arguments

By Associated Press  |  November 08, 2014

The Arizona Supreme Court had tough questions for Gov. Jan Brewer's lawyers as they tried to convince the justices to overturn a decision allowing a challenge to her Medicaid expansion plan to proceed.

Medicaid expansion threatened by GOP victories in states

Medicaid expansion threatened by GOP victories in states

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 08, 2014

Republicans' big election gains Tuesday in governorships and legislatures around the country diminish but do not eliminate prospects that more states will expand Medicaid to low-income adults as allowed by the healthcare reform law, political analysts say.

Data Points for November 10, 2014

Data Points for November 10, 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 08, 2014

Data Points for the week of Nov. 10, 2014, covered the following topics: Ebola, pharmacies, medical device tax, medical debt, smoking bans, Medicaid.

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