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Huron buying healthcare consultant Studer Group in $325M deal

By John N. Frank  |  January 27, 2015

Chicago-based Huron Consulting Group is acquiring well-known healthcare consultant Studer Group, in a $325 million deal, creating a healthcare consulting operation that will have more than 1,500 employees, Huron announced Tuesday.

Fallout from retiree health plan ruling could send more to exchanges

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 27, 2015

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court vacated a lower court's ruling that allowed M&G Polymers USA's retirees' healthcare benefits to continue indefinitely because the duration of the benefits wasn't explicitly spelled out in a collective-bargaining agreement.

Indiana expanding Medicaid; 350,000 could gain coverage

Indiana expanding Medicaid; 350,000 could gain coverage

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 27, 2015

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and HHS have reached an agreement on the state's Medicaid expansion proposal submitted in July, according to CMS spokesman Aaron Albright. As many as 350,000 people could gain coverage as a result.

Medicare's payment reform push draws praise and fears

Medicare's payment reform push draws praise and fears

By Melanie Evans and Paul Demko  |  January 26, 2015

By 2018, half of Medicare spending outside of managed care will be tied to incentives to manage quality and costs, federal officials said Monday. The goal was broadly greeted with enthusiasm but also with warnings that the effort will be wasted if the new models are too weak or tied to flawed...

East Coast providers take emergency measures as massive storm nears

East Coast providers take emergency measures as massive storm nears

By Bob Herman , Adam Rubenfire , Jaimy Lee and John N. Frank  |  January 26, 2015

With a massive snowstorm set to hit the East Coast, New York and Boston healthcare providers were asking staff to stay at facilities overnight, stockpiling supplies, postponing elective surgeries and asking pregnant patients to come in early to be at hospitals when the worst of the storm hits.

HHS sets goals for expanding new Medicare payment models

By Paul Demko  |  January 26, 2015

The Obama administration wants 30% of payments for traditional Medicare benefits to be tied to alternative payment models such as accountable care organizations by the end of 2016. The administration also has set a goal of hitting 50% by the end of 2018.

Ohio attorney general sues over healthcare law tax

By Associated Press  |  January 26, 2015

Applying a tax aimed at helping keep premiums affordable under the federal healthcare law to state and local governments is unconstitutional, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday.

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