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Manufacturing firms fighting rising healthcare costs

By Rachel Abbey McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  February 08, 2016

The most recent outlook survey from the National Association of Manufacturers listed rising healthcare-related costs as the second-largest “primary” business challenge, behind only unfavorable business conditions. But Cleveland-area companies say offering health insurance and other...

CMS may overhaul enrollment process, could include questions about sexual orientation

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 08, 2016

As the CMS seeks to simplify the application process for exchange plans and Medicaid, payers want to make it harder for individuals to sign up after open enrollment ends. Meanwhile, advocates and providers want to reduce barriers and have the CMS learn more about who is signing up, including their...

Congress says MACPAC advice is vague and useless

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 05, 2016

Congress wonders whether the composition of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission renders it a biased and therefore unreliable source of recommendations.

Blog: More providers than previously thought accept Medicaid patients

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 29, 2016

Patient advocates argue that providers are often unwilling to take on Medicaid enrollees because reimbursement rates can be as little as 60% of the costs of care. But a new analysis by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission could be turning that belief on its head.

CMS makes it easier to opt out of EHR requirements

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 22, 2016

The CMS is making it easier for providers to opt out of meaningful-use requirements of electronic health records amid a series of proposed changes to the 6-year-old $31.8 billion EHR incentive payment program.

Blog: Senate Republicans must figure Medicaid expansion beneficiaries don't vote

By Harris Meyer  |  December 01, 2015

Senate Republican leaders apparently have persuaded wavering GOP senators from Medicaid expansion states to support a fast-track bill that would repeal Medicaid expansion along with most of the rest of the ACA. They may have decided that people who have benefited from the expansion don't vote.

HHS banks on Congress extending CHIP funding

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 30, 2015

With federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program set to run out in 2017, HHS has determined children can't get comparable benefits and cost-sharing on the insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act.

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