Healthcare is an economic paradox. On one hand, it's our nation's fastest-growing employer, projected to add 15.6 million jobs by 2022. On the other, high costs coupled with an aging population are breaking budgets.
Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act of 1965 establishing the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Much has been written about the future of Medicare; but Medicaid, now our largest public insurance program, has become a lightning rod for debate.
President Barack Obama last week nominated Andrew Slavitt to a permanent post as CMS administrator.
State officials have come to view a Medicaid hospital-improvement initiative primarily as a source of supplemental payments for the providers, according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.
UnitedHealth Group saw an upsurge in its government business as it topped Modern Healthcare's list of the largest publicly traded health insurance companies in 2014. Nearly all of insurers on the list enjoyed an increase in total revenue in 2014 compared with the previous year.
States and major insurance companies say they need more time to implement new rules meant to offer better coverage of mental-health and substance-abuse treatment to those in Medicaid managed-care plans. The implications are huge for a population that struggles to get care, especially for...
It's not yet clear whether a sweeping proposed rule governing Medicaid managed care will resolve coverage and access problems for the growing number of low-income adults and children in private Medicaid plans. But it's likely that there will be political jockeying over many of its provisions.
The CMS issued a wide-ranging proposed rule intended to modernize the regulation of Medicaid managed-care plans. The Medicaid managed-care population is growing rapidly, but the last regulation governing such plans was issued in 2002.
The CMS is appearing to blink in its stare-down with Florida over Medicaid expansion. The agency informed state officials last week that it tentatively plans to renew a waiver that has provided Florida billions in supplemental Medicaid funding to help hospitals with uncompensated-care costs.
Before Medicaid was established, low-income Americans had limited access to healthcare, relying heavily on charity care and public hospitals. "To be old and poor and sick was to suffer and to die prematurely,” said Trish Riley of the National Academy for State Health Policy.
The CMS is appearing to blink in its stare down with Florida over Medicaid expansion. The agency informed state officials that it tentatively plans to renew a waiver that has provided Florida billions in supplemental Medicaid funding to help hospitals with uncompensated-care costs.
The "doc fix" before Congress might not be so permanent after all. The new payment system would actually result in lower Medicare payments to doctors after 2049 than under the widely loathed sustainable growth-rate formula.