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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout
By Associated Press | July 31, 2014
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new healthcare program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
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Interest surges in Medicare bundled-payment initiative
By Melanie Evans | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare will nearly triple the number of hospitals and medical groups that are candidates to test bundled payments, one of the health reform law's efforts to revamp healthcare financing.
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House authorizes Obamacare lawsuit
By Paul Demko | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The House passed a resolution Wednesday authorizing a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's constitutional authority to delay the employer mandate in the federal healthcare reform law. The measure was adopted on a 225-201 largely party-line vote.
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Vital Signs
Setting up a state exchange not as simple as some think, analyst argues
By Harris Meyer | July 29, 2014
Some state officials and health policy experts argue it should be relatively easy for states that have not yet established their own insurance exchanges to find a legal workaround to retain federal premium subsidies following last week's ruling disallowing subsidies through the federal...
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Uninsured rate drops faster in states that expanded Medicaid
By Paul Demko | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Americans lacking insurance coverage are becoming more concentrated in states that have opted not to expand Medicaid, according to the latest survey data from the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center. Residents of southern states, Spanish-language speakers and high school dropouts are also a...
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Obamacare coverage brings HCA more paying patients
By Beth Kutscher | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HCA, the largest publicly traded hospital chain by revenue, reported a 14.2% increase in second-quarter net income as it treated more patients and improved its payer mix thanks to insurance expansion under the healthcare reform law.
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Medicare trustees' report finds 'cautious optimism'
By Darius Tahir | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Medicare trustees say there are reasons for “cautious optimism” about Medicare's financial outlook, and that Obamacare deserves at least some credit for that.
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N.C. mayor finishes walk to D.C. to protest hospital closure
July 28, 2014
A North Carolina mayor fighting for the hospital that closed in his rural town finished his two-week protest march to the nation's capital, where he told a crowd that his community's problems are part of a larger healthcare struggle.
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Reform Update: Insurers, states seek coverage continuity between Medicaid and private plans
By Virgil Dickson | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
After Stella Marie Means retired in March at age 55 from a clerical job in the healthcare industry, she worried about how she and her husband would be able to maintain their health coverage and afford their medications.
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Early Q2 financials signal an Obamacare boost for hospitals
By Modern Healthcare | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare reform is producing positive financial benefits for publicly traded hospitals, if early Q2 earnings releases are any indication of what to expect from other systems when they report quarterly earnings.
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