The CMS would give inpatient psychiatric facilities a 1.6% rate increase from Medicare in fiscal 2016 under a proposed rule issued Friday.
Policy experts have worried that lower-income people would get bumped back and forth between Medicaid and exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act. But a Modern Healthcare survey of exchanges and insurers suggests such disruption has been modest so far.
Roughly 6 million people chose their employer-sponsored health benefits through a private insurance exchange for 2015, according to consulting firm Accenture.
Provider-owned health plans continue to spring up or get larger as more hospitals and physician groups are moving to take on financial risk for their patients under value-based and capitated payment contracts.
Data Points for the week of April 6, 2015, covered the following topics: New health companies, VA construction costs, death rate on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, insurance exchanges, Medicare ACOs, uninsured immigrants
When President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act five years ago, he visualized a time when the political hyperbole would be silenced and ordinary people would see that the healthcare law improved their lives.
After two years marked largely by disappointment, lawmakers and healthcare experts are warily eyeing Minnesota's health insurance exchange as it nears its toughest test yet.
Federalism is supposed to protect political accountability.
Federal regulators last Thursday issued final rules regarding the cleaning and disinfecting of reusable medical devices such as the endoscopes that have been responsible for outbreaks of drug-resistant bacteria at a number of hospitals.
Private health insurance exchange eHealth is eliminating 160 jobs, about 15% of its workforce, because of difficulties it has faced signing up younger individuals and families through its online platform.
Several state attorneys general will work together to probe the business practices of the herbal supplement industry following a New York investigation that found problems with a number of products.
Hospitals, health insurers, physician groups and community health centers, fearing financial damage and patient suffering if millions of Americans lose their coverage, are just beginning to sketch out contingency plans in the wake of the oral arguments last week in King v. Burwell.