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Reform Update: Hospitals see more paying patients, but there's a hitch
By Beth Kutscher | August 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurance expansion under healthcare reform is starting to yield patient volume for hospitals, but the costs of staffing up for more patients are eclipsing the additional revenue.
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Md. officials: Rebuilt health insurance exchange will be fixed by November
By Washington Post | August 20, 2014
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration is confident that its rapid rebuilding of the state's health insurance website is progressing as planned and will be ready before the next enrollment period begins in November.
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Reform Update: Arkansas may make Medicaid enrollees fund HSAs
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Arkansas, the first state to establish the conservative private-plan model for expanding Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, now is looking to join several other conservative-leaning states in requiring low-income beneficiaries to make monthly contributions to their...
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Audit: Obamacare medical-device tax not meeting revenue target
By Associated Press | August 19, 2014
An Obamacare tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday.
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'Copper plans' could cut subsidies, lower deficit, but would consumers bite?
By Paul Demko | August 19, 2014
Allowing cheaper health plans designed to cover just half of medical costs to be sold on the exchanges would result in 350,000 additional individuals enrolling in coverage in the next decade, according to an analysis by Avalere Health.
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SCL Health's margin slips, but Medicaid expansion fuels optimism
By Bob Herman | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
SCL Health's operating margin fell slightly in the first half of its fiscal year, but the Denver-based system believes new healthcare reform efforts such as Medicaid expansion will help it in the long run.
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U.S. won't reveal records on HealthCare.gov security
By Associated Press | August 19, 2014
After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's healthcare website because doing so could "potentially" allow...
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Two more hospitals join Rochester Regional Health; CEO search continues
By Rachel Landen | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, N.Y., and Clifton Springs (N.Y.) Hospital & Clinic will join newly formed Rochester (N.Y.) Regional Health System by the end of this year, according to a formal binding agreement unanimously approved by each organization's board last month.
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Reform Update: Medical-home adoption growing; evidence of effectiveness still elusive
By Andis Robeznieks | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Primary care is a foundation of healthcare reform efforts, and patient-centered medical homes are one of the delivery system innovations encouraged by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But recent studies present a mixed picture of the effectiveness of medical homes in improving...
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AHA doled out $3.3 million in 2013 to advocate Medicaid expansion
By Paul Demko | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Hospital Association's expenditures increased by 7% in 2013, to $117 million, spurred in part by efforts to convince states to expand Medicaid, according to the organization's most recent tax return.
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