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Hospitals turn to friendlier tools to collect unpaid bills

Hospitals turn to friendlier tools to collect unpaid bills

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 16, 2015

As high-deductible plans proliferate and regulators step up scrutiny of hospital collection practices, some providers are investing in tools to make the process less confusing and easier to navigate and using sophisticated algorithms to predict who is most likely to pay.

Why millions buy coverage off the ACA exchanges

By Bob Herman  |  May 09, 2015

Instead of one seamless marketplace for individual health plans, the Affordable Care Act has created two different ways to buy the same kind of product. Insurance companies continue to sell millions of plans to consumers outside the exchanges.

Exchange leaders gather to strategize survival

By Bob Herman  |  May 09, 2015

Leaders of the federal and state insurance exchanges, policy experts and insurance executives are gathering in Washington this week to hash out the critical legal, technological, financial and policy issues facing the public health plan marketplaces.

Income-based 'churn' in coverage less than expected

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 25, 2015

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.

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

By Bob Herman  |  April 04, 2015

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 April 6, 2015

Data Points for April 6, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 04, 2015

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

On fifth anniversary of healthcare law, no end to debate

By Associated Press  |  March 22, 2015

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.

Hurt by ACA exchanges, broker eHealth cutting jobs

By Bob Herman  |  March 14, 2015

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.

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