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Reform Update: Bigger doesn't equal cheaper for patients, studies find
By Melanie Evans | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Consolidation across healthcare sectors and local markets may benefit consumers when it reduces costly and potentially harmful duplication and waste. Or not. Consolidation also can increase costs,...
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CMS launches $840 million initiative to accelerate care transformation
By Melanie Evans | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS plans to spend $840 million over the next four years to rapidly expand the use of information technology, care coordination and quality improvement among medical groups, health systems and...
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Michigan's Medicaid expansion seen as model for others
Associated Press | October 23, 2014
The initial success of Michigan's Medicaid expansion could be useful to other states considering their own plans under the Affordable Care Act, according to a report by a team of University of...
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Feds outline plan to pay states for Basic Health Program in 2016
By Bob Herman | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government will continue to fund an optional health insurance program for the working poor in 2016 with the methodology it used for 2015, according to a proposed notice from the CMS.
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Reform Update: Medicaid programs crafting limits on Harvoni usage
By Virgil Dickson | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Which Medicaid beneficiaries will have access to Gilead Sciences' newest high-cost hepatitis C treatment, Harvoni, and when they'll get that access, now depends on prior-authorization criteria being...
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Uninsured largely unaware of looming enrollment period
By Paul Demko | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Roughly 90% of uninsured Americans are unaware of the open-enrollment period that begins Nov. 15, according to new polling data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Vital Signs
What's essential in some states isn't in others, study finds
By Bob Herman | October 21, 2014
President Barack Obama's healthcare law mandated that certain health plans start covering common services. But because the federal government offered states latitude in those initial determinations,...
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New fed loans to promote rural ACOs
By Melanie Evans | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Obama administration plans to offer infrastructure loans to small and rural healthcare providers to participate in Medicare's program for accountable care organizations.
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Reform Update: McConnell's claims on Kentucky exchange, Obamacare baffle experts
By Darius Tahir | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made a habit of saying during his hotly contested race for re-election that repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would not...
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