Devicemakers step up lobbying to kill ACA tax

Devicemakers step up lobbying to kill ACA tax

By Paul Demko  |  March 07, 2015

While most healthcare stakeholders have slowed their spending on Washington lobbying, one sector has cranked up the pressure—the medical-device industry.

Idaho system to cut beds through hospital conversion

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 07, 2015

Four-hospital St. Alphonsus Health System plans to convert an acute-care hospital in Nampa, Idaho, to an ambulatory center and spend $80 million to build a hospital at its other campus in the southern Idaho city.

Oregon sues Oracle over Medicaid enrollment system

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 19, 2015

Oregon is again suing the technology company that built its failed insurance exchange because the contractor now wants to bow out of running Oregon's Medicaid enrollment system before the state is ready to switch to a new one.

Q&A: 'Imagine if healthcare were priced to consumers'

Q&A: 'Imagine if healthcare were priced to consumers'

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 14, 2015

Mark Ganz, president and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions, a not-for-profit parent of 22 companies offering healthcare products and services, discusses how his companies are seeking to make healthcare more consumer-directed.

Lawmakers oppose any further ICD-10 rollout delays

By Paul Demko  |  February 14, 2015

Judging from a House hearing last week, Congress is unlikely to further delay implementation of the ICD-10 coding system. Of course, few predicted last year's congressional decision to put it off for a year.

Data security needs more than encryption

Data security needs more than encryption

By Joseph Conn  |  February 14, 2015

The massive hacks at Anthem and Community Health Systems should boost the use of data-encryption technology, but the high-tech tool may not keep sensitive information from the clutches of sophisticated hackers, experts say.

Co-op insurance plan finances should be watched closely

By Bob Herman  |  February 14, 2015

Many of the new consumer-governed, not-for-profit health plans launched thanks to the ACA were in shaky financial shape in their first nine months of operation and will need to be closely monitored, raising questions about the law's method of boosting insurance competition.

Oregon Medicaid reforms achieving saving goals

By Andis Robeznieks  |  January 17, 2015

Oregon's 380,000 new Medicaid enrollees are younger and healthier than anticipated, so the influx into the state's coordinated-care system did not negatively affect its ability to meet targeted savings of $11 billion over 10 years, the state reported.

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