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Only 251 U.S. hospitals receive top ranking on patient experience

Only 251 U.S. hospitals receive top ranking on patient experience

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.

Feds to Scott: Expand Medicaid if you want hospital funds

By Associated Press  |  April 14, 2015

Federal health officials said publicly for the first time Tuesday that they want expansion of Florida's Medicaid program as part of any deal to grant Gov. Rick Scott's request to help the state's hospitals treat poor patients.

Debate erupts over care of HIV patients on Medicaid

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 14, 2015

Patient advocacy groups and Medicaid officials sharply disagree on whether HIV/AIDS patients are receiving adequate access to specialists and medications as states increasingly shift this population from traditional Medicaid to Medicaid managed care.

Montana on track to be 29th state to expand Medicaid

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 10, 2015

Montana lawmakers approved a Medicaid plan backed by the state's Democratic governor despite an aggressive campaign by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative lobbying group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers.

Medicaid expansion battles continue as legislative sessions wind down

Medicaid expansion battles continue as legislative sessions wind down

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 09, 2015

Bipartisan efforts continue in three states to expand Medicaid as the clock runs down on their legislative sessions. Hospital groups and other supporters face tough fights against opposition spearheaded by a Koch brothers-backed advocacy group.

Mental health parity in Medicaid plans would help—not solve—limited access

Mental health parity in Medicaid plans would help—not solve—limited access

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 07, 2015

Proposed regulations ensuring mental health parity in Medicaid managed-care plans promise better coverage for important services like substance-abuse counseling—at least for beneficiaries who have providers. But the CMS rules won't guarantee more providers will participate.

Fla. Gov. Scott's about-face on Medicaid dims expansion hopes

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 06, 2015

Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott said he no longer supports expanding Medicaid to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act because he does not believe the federal government will keep its promise to provide funding for the new group of beneficiaries. That could scuttle Medicaid expansion...

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