HHS last week reported a surge in people enrolling for coverage on the Affordable Care Act's federal exchange on the day after Donald Trump, who said repealing the law is a main priority, was elected into the presidency.
Regarding the article “When physicians burn out, solutions are elusive,” as long as physicians are seen purely as the economic engines of healthcare, as “producers,” where value and worth is equated purely to production and productivity, burnout will be rampant.
If HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell heard NPR's "Morning Edition" on Tuesday, the first day of 2017 open enrollment, she must have felt ill. An Oregon man described his plan to buy coverage midyear if he got sick. That's precisely the type of gaming that is causing big problems for the ACA.
Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish called 2017 a "critical year" for the company's participation in the marketplaces, noting low membership growth in its individual ACA exchange business and higher than expected medical costs from members with chronic diseases.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina blasted the federal government on Monday for trying to dodge hundreds of millions of dollars in overdue risk-corridor payments, alleging the feds' defenses are nothing more than “revisionist history.”
Consumers shopping for individual health insurance will have a bigger choice of health plans with broad provider networks if they shop outside of the ACA exchanges. But they'll generally have to pay higher premiums for off-exchange plans.
Healthcare pricing concerns are making a late run for relevance as the presidential campaign heads down the homestretch. Unfortunately, too much attention is being paid to price hikes on the Obamacare exchanges, which affect only a thin sliver of the population.
Hospitals over the past year have seen rising labor costs, pressures to invest to prepare for value-based reimbursement and a flattening of volumes from the Affordable Care Act exchanges. As third-quarter earnings season hits full stride this week, early results have been decidedly mixed.
Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That's sure to stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.
President Barack Obama last week offered suggestions for improving his signature healthcare reform law while saying it has had many successes and is slowed mostly by political gamesmanship.
The Obama administration on Monday will fire its first missive in federal appeals court defending the appropriations used to fund portions of the Affordable Care Act.
The U.S. Department of Justice wants to escape two insurer lawsuits accusing it of shorting them of hundreds of millions of dollars in the Affordable Care Act's much-maligned risk-corridor program by claiming they weren't guaranteed the massive payouts in the first place.