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FTC sides with Iowa physician assistants in supervision dispute

By Maria Castellucci  |  December 22, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission says Iowa should continue allowing physicians to determine how they will supervise assistants based on their individual practice and the physician assistant's experience. The state medical board wants stricter requirements

Iowa DHS not tracking extra Medicaid benefits praised by governor

By Associated Press  |  October 09, 2016

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has highlighted extra benefits under Iowa's new Medicaid program to show the privatized system functions better than the former state-run setup, but the agency overseeing Medicaid acknowledges it knows little about how the so-called value-added services are actually working...

States say Medicaid provider access rule is ineffective and burdensome

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 29, 2016

Some want to opt out of a CMS rule effective this week that's meant to ensure Medicaid beneficiaries have adequate access to care. State officials say the rule is outdated and a waste of administrative resources. But scofflaws could see their federal funds withheld if they don't comply.

Iowa agency waives sanctions at start of state's new Medicaid system

By Associated Press  |  August 21, 2016

The state agency overseeing Iowa's transition to a privatized Medicaid program waived any possible sanctions against three insurance companies during the first two months of the new system, and it didn't inform health advocates or lawmakers about the plans.

Health systems with insurance operations have tough 2015

Health systems with insurance operations have tough 2015

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Not-for-profit integrated health systems continued to make money in 2015, but the margins were a lot tighter than the year before, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of financial filings. In some instances, their operational surpluses were slashed by half or more.

Replacing joints faster, cheaper and better?

Replacing joints faster, cheaper and better?

By Harris Meyer  |  June 04, 2016

The migration of lucrative joint-replacement surgeries to outpatient settings will cause friction between surgeons and hospitals, and it raises questions about the premise of Medicare's new bundled-payment initiative for hospital-based procedures.

Medicaid's unmanaged managed care

By Bob Herman  |  April 30, 2016

A new federal rule will encourage states to ramp up auditing of Medicaid managed-care insurers, many of which keep their medical spending hidden from public view.

Florida, California lawmakers target unexpected medical bills

By Harris Meyer  |  April 09, 2016

Florida is poised to become the second big state after New York to shield patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills, and California may not be far behind if lawmakers there can cinch a similar deal with physicians.

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