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King ruling dims ACA foes' legal hopes

King ruling dims ACA foes' legal hopes

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 27, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision upholding premium subsidies for Americans in all states doesn't necessarily drive a stake through the heart of all anti-Obamacare litigation, but legal experts agreed it does send a discouraging message to the law's legal foes.

Relieved hospital execs say ruling could speed Medicaid expansion

By Beth Kutscher and Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 27, 2015

Hospital leaders say they're moving ahead with delivery-system reforms that keep their populations healthy now that the U.S. Supreme Court has removed uncertainty about the continuation of premium subsidies. They hope the subsidies ruling will clear the way for more states to expand Medicaid to...

With subsidies settled, insurers look ahead to rate battles

With subsidies settled, insurers look ahead to rate battles

By Bob Herman  |  June 27, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies in all states was a huge relief to health insurers, potentially encouraging them to step up their participation in the individual exchange market. Now attention turns to tension between insurers and regulators...

Healthcare changes yield new business for health lawyers

By Michael Sandler  |  June 27, 2015

Law firms appearing on Modern Healthcare's annual ranking of the largest healthcare law firms are awash with new business opportunities as the healthcare industry continues to transform, firm leaders say.

Same-sex marriage ruling puts health benefits in spotlight

Same-sex marriage ruling puts health benefits in spotlight

By Lisa Schencker and Bob Herman  |  June 26, 2015

The landmark Supreme Court 5-4 decision Friday granting all same-sex couples the right to marry is significant for civil rights, but it also will likely change the health insurance landscape. Court challenges to domestic partner benefits limited to same-sex couples could find more success. Some...

Hospitals train staff to spot victims of human trafficking

Hospitals train staff to spot victims of human trafficking

By Maureen McKinney  |  June 20, 2015

Experts who have studied human trafficking say a victim's most promising lifeline could be a healthcare provider. That's why a number of hospitals and health systems around the country have launched training programs for their staff on how to identify and treat trafficking victims.

Feds signal sharper scrutiny of doc pay deals

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 13, 2015

HHS has signaled its intent to more rigorously enforce the anti-kickback statute against individual physicians who enter into improper payment deals, following a dozen recent civil settlements involving doctors.

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