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Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare subsidies
By Paul Demko | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a legal setback for the Obama administration, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that people in states that rely on the federal insurance exchange are not eligible for Obamacare premium subsidies to help them pay for coverage.
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Calls for repealing Obamacare will fade after this election cycle, pundits predict
By Paul Demko | September 30, 2014
This is the last election cycle in which Republicans will try to reap political advantage by promising to repeal Obamacare, agreed Dr. Avik Roy, a conservative healthcare policy expert, and Chris Jennings, who played a key role on healthcare issues in two Democratic administrations. The pair spoke...
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CHI sees higher 2014 revenue, operating loss for the year
By John N. Frank | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Expansion-minded Catholic Health Initiatives reported sharply higher revenue for its fiscal 2014 but also an operating loss as expenses and restructuring charges ate away at revenue gains.
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Incentive-based contracts thriving in commercial insurance market
By Melanie Evans | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health plans that cover two-thirds of commercially insured Americans used incentives this year to motivate hospitals and doctors to improve quality and manage costs, according to a new survey. Those contracts were responsible for 40% of insurers' medical spending.
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Healthcare industry doesn't want unique plan identifiers: WEDI
By Joseph Conn | September 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 1996, it saw “administrative simplification” as a general benefit and specifically called for the adoption of several national numerical identifiers as a way to boost efficiency, reduce waste and control...
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Beware the sophomore slump
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
All the trends are positive as the insurance industry, the government and healthcare reform advocates gear up for the second year of open enrollment on the federal and state-run insurance exchanges.
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Reform Update: Narrow-network concerns spur legal, regulatory, political action
By Paul Demko | September 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has heightened concerns about narrow-network plans that have proved popular with consumers during the first year of insurance exchange operations under the federal healthcare law. Insurers and many healthcare economists argue that limiting consumer...
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CMS renews WebMD outreach contract to provide ACA info
By Virgil Dickson | September 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS has extended its outreach contract with WebMD as part of its quest to keep providers and consumers informed about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Medicare's Pioneer program down to 19 ACOs after three more exit
By Melanie Evans | September 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Three more accountable care organizations dropped out of Medicare's Pioneer program, which was designed to test the payment and delivery model with a small group of elite providers deemed best prepared to handle the operational demands and financial risks.
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Underinsured ACA enrollees strain community health centers
By Virgil Dickson | September 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Obamacare enrollees are straining the finances of community health centers around the country, some health center leaders say.
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