CMS blinks in Medicaid stare down with Florida

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 21, 2015

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.

GOP calls for ACA inspector general

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 20, 2015

GOP lawmakers are calling for the appointment of a special inspector general who would monitor the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in an effort to curtail the Obama administration's use of administrative actions, or unilateral actions by the president and the executive branch, to make...

CBO's new scoring policy could affect federal healthcare programs

By Bob Herman  |  May 19, 2015

The Congressional Budget Office is under new leadership, and the agency made it clear Tuesday that a different type of economic analysis will be used to study the effects of federal spending policies, particularly those in healthcare. That could affect projections regarding the ACA.

CMS official upbeat on dual-eligible demonstration

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 16, 2015

Reports of low enrollment so far have not dimmed the Obama administration's optimism about its ambitious demonstration program to improve coordination of care for millions of low-income and disabled Americans who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. to get new contractor; Optum steps away to get new contractor; Optum steps away

By Darius Tahir  |  May 15, 2015

Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group, is walking away from its role overseeing the performance of Experts say a primary focus for the government and the next contractor will be to improve the back-end systems of the website that sells insurance as part of the federal health law.

Families USA calls for lower cost-sharing in silver health plans

By Bob Herman  |  May 14, 2015

Although the Affordable Care Act expands private health insurance to millions of Americans and provides financial assistance along the way, affordability of essential services remains a barrier to many, consumer advocacy group Families USA said in a report Thursday.

GOP-led expansion states test CMS' flexibility on Medicaid waivers

GOP-led expansion states test CMS' flexibility on Medicaid waivers

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 09, 2015

Republican-led states that have already expanded Medicaid now are coming back to the Obama administration with requests to make their expansion programs more conservative, including higher cost-sharing, work requirements and coverage time limits.

ANA President Pam Cipriano on the changing role of nurses

ANA President Pam Cipriano on the changing role of nurses

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 09, 2015

Pam Cipriano is the elected president of the American Nurses Association, the nation's largest nurse association, representing 3.1 million registered nurses. Modern Healthcare recently spoke with Cipriano about the changing role of nurses, hospital staffing cuts, nurses' wages and efforts to reduce...

Why millions buy coverage off the ACA exchanges

By Bob Herman  |  May 09, 2015

Instead of one seamless marketplace for individual health plans, the Affordable Care Act has created two different ways to buy the same kind of product. Insurance companies continue to sell millions of plans to consumers outside the exchanges.

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