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ACA open enrollment for 2015 causing anxiety for plans, providers
By Paul Demko | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The 2014 Obamacare open enrollment period focused on signing up as many people as possible. But when enrollment for the second year of coverage opens on Nov. 15, the task for health plans, insurance brokers and navigators will be more complex.
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Va. governor tries narrower path after Medicaid expansion blocked
By Virgil Dickson | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic governor, has given up on his attempt to expand Medicaid on his own without the support of the GOP-led General Assembly.
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Longtime Parkland Health leader Dr. Ron Anderson dead at 68
By Beth Kutscher | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Ron Anderson, the longtime leader of Parkland Health & Hospital System who was remembered for his efforts to expand healthcare access to underserved communities, died Thursday from cancer. He was 68, the Dallas-based system said on its website.
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Health centers to get hefty cash boost to expand primary-care services
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Community health centers across the country are slated to receive $295 million in federal funding in an effort to expand access to primary-care services to more than a million new patients.
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Advocate, NorthShore merger would create giant health system in Illinois
By Andrew L. Wang / Crain's Chicago Business | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem announced today they will merge to form a 16-hospital system to be called Advocate NorthShore Health Partners.
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Uninsured rate for children holds steady after ACA
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 10, 2014
While millions of uninsured adults have received health insurance coverage since the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate among children has remained relatively unchanged, according to new research.
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Carolinas HealthCare slashes 100 jobs in cost-cutting move
By Bob Herman | September 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Although the operating margin at Carolinas HealthCare System improved in the first six months of fiscal 2014, the Charlotte, N.C.-based health system said it has immediately cut 100 executive and managerial jobs as part of a massive cost-reduction plan.
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Reform Update: Using expansion dollars for health plans may be costly, GAO says
By Virgil Dickson | September 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Allowing states to use federal Medicaid expansion dollars to buy low-income adults private health plans on the federal insurance exchange may cost the federal government significantly more than if those states simply expanded their traditional Medicaid programs, the Government Accountability Office...
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OIG audit finds Louisiana miscalculated Medicaid EHR payments
By Joseph Conn | September 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Louisiana's Medicaid electronic health-record incentive payment program for hospitals made incorrect payments to 20 of 25 hospitals reviewed in the first year of the program. The state underpaid some but overpaid more than twice as many, owing the federal government about $1.8 million, according to...
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Vital Signs
Medicaid-expansion states see drop in charity care
By Andis Robeznieks | September 09, 2014
Hospitals in Medicaid-expansion states continued to see an increase in new patients and emergency-department visits and a decrease in charity care in the second half of 2014, according to a study by the Colorado Hospital Association.
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