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Reform Update: States that did not expand Medicaid may see higher premiums, industry experts say
By Virgil Dickson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some industry experts are warning that states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare could see higher insurance premiums next year as hospitals continue to shift the costs of uncompensated care to private insurers.
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Government should back money-saving medical devices, drug development: study
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Government should promote the development of new medical devices and medications that provide more value and so help reduce overall healthcare costs, according to a new study funded by the RAND Corp.
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Medicare chief Jonathan Blum leaving Obama administration
By Paul Demko | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration's top Medicare official is stepping down from his post. CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum has been with the agency for more than five years.
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CMS to weigh Medicare coverage of CT scans for smokers
By Virgil Dickson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
On April 30 the CMS will convene a meeting of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee to decide if Medicare will cover annual screenings for lung cancer with low-dose CT scans for current or past heavy smokers.
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CMS mulls replacing HealthCare.gov contractor Accenture
By Virgil Dickson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is in the early stages of determining if a smaller vendor could take over HealthCare.gov when Accenture’s one-year contract expires.
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Physician-industry teamwork advances care
By Dr. Robert E. Harbaugh | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Later this year, the CMS will start publishing data listing monetary interactions between physicians and biomedical companies as part of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. What will the headlines say?
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Northwestern Memorial reports strong revenue for quarter, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare reported stronger revenue for its second quarter, thanks primarily to its acquisition of a large physician practice group. Helped along by an influx of $395.4 million in
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Give ACOs a break, AHA tells CMS Innovation Center
By Melanie Evans | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The American Hospital Association is lobbying the CMS Innovation Center to make it easier for accountable care organizations to earn Medicare bonuses and delay potential penalties.
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The ACA's midterm report card
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With the Obama administration taking a victory lap after achieving its first-year goals for health insurance sign-ups, it's as good a time as any for reviewing its performance on all the reforms contained in the Affordable Care Act.
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Cuts proposed for hospital outpatient surgery rates
By Joe Carlson | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
HHS' Office of the Inspector General recommended last week that the CMS seek congressional approval to pay the same rates for surgeries in hospital outpatient departments that Medicare pays for procedures done by freestanding ambulatory surgery centers.
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