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HHS: Obamacare will save hospitals $5.7B in unpaid bills

HHS: Obamacare will save hospitals $5.7B in unpaid bills

September 24, 2014 5:43 pm by | 0 Comments

Hospitals are projected to save $5.7 billion this year as previously uninsured patients gain coverage through the 2010 health care law, the Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.
States that have expanded their Medicaid programs will s…


Obligations, options, focus: How the ACA has transformed how employers buy health insurance

Obligations, options, focus: How the ACA has transformed how employers buy health insurance

August 13, 2014 12:38 pm by | 0 Comments

Dr. Robert Galvin is chief executive officer of Equity Healthcare, where he works with executives of nearly 50 companies that purchase health coverage for 300,000 people. Galvin says the 2010…



Contracting with other medical providers: A not-so-simple fix for VA’s wait time problems?

Contracting with other medical providers: A not-so-simple fix for VA’s wait time problems?

July 14, 2014 12:18 pm by | 0 Comments

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers resume work this week to resolve differences over legislation aimed at alleviating long wait times for medical care at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and…


Who’s the real cash cow? Pharma, hospitals at odds over drug discount program

Who’s the real cash cow? Pharma, hospitals at odds over drug discount program

June 24, 2014 10:36 am by | 0 Comments

A federal program designed to allow certain safety net hospitals and clinics to save money on drug purchases is under fire from critics who say the facilities are using that money…


10 days after ACA enrollment deadline, Sebelius calls it quits

10 days after ACA enrollment deadline, Sebelius calls it quits

April 10, 2014 10:11 pm by | 0 Comments

After a five-year tenure that included the flawed rollout of the health care law and stormy relations with Capitol Hill Republicans, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, a White House official said late Thur…


Changes to health care law rules include extra month to enroll in 2015

Changes to health care law rules include extra month to enroll in 2015

March 6, 2014 5:01 am by | 0 Comments

The Obama administration on Wednesday released a broad set of regulatory changes to the health law that would give some consumers additional time to stay in plans that do not…


HHS seeks $600 million for health law enrollment effforts

HHS seeks $600 million for health law enrollment effforts

March 5, 2014 5:01 am by | 0 Comments

Just in case Congress doesn’t pass President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget plan, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services say they have other options for finding the…



3 Key changes proposed for Medicare Part D

3 Key changes proposed for Medicare Part D

March 3, 2014 5:01 am by | 0 Comments

The Obama administration is proposing several changes to the Medicare drug program, also known as Part D.  They range from new limits on the number of plans insurers could offer…


Medicare Part D critics:  Why fix what isn’t broken?

Medicare Part D critics: Why fix what isn’t broken?

March 3, 2014 5:01 am by | 0 Comments

Medicare’s prescription drug program was controversial when it arrived, but a decade later it is widely considered to be a Washington success story. Now, though, the Obama administration is proposing…


Obama administration proposes 1.9% cut in Medicare Advantage payments

Obama administration proposes 1.9% cut in Medicare Advantage payments

February 21, 2014 8:08 pm by | 1 Comments

Medicare Advantage plans could see payment reductions of 1.9 percent next year under proposed rates announced Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Insurers, who have led a…


Hill Plan would shift Medicare’s doctor payment system to reward quality

Hill Plan would shift Medicare’s doctor payment system to reward quality

February 6, 2014 2:03 pm by | 0 Comments

The bipartisan leadership of three Senate and House committees introduced legislation Thursday to overhaul the way Medicare pays physicians. The package, which does not specify how it would be paid for,…


If Congress changes the Medicare payment policy, what does that mean for patients and doctors?

If Congress changes the Medicare payment policy, what does that mean for patients and doctors?

January 16, 2014 5:31 am by | 0 Comments

After years of legislative wrangling and last-minute patches, expectations are high among physician groups, lawmakers and Medicare beneficiaries that Congress could act this year to permanently replace the current Medicare…


Here’s how Obamacare impacts federal employees’ healthcare coverage

Here’s how Obamacare impacts federal employees’ healthcare coverage

November 11, 2013 5:03 am by | 1 Comments

Open enrollment season begins Monday for the approximately eight million federal workers and their dependents who receive health care coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program or FEHB. The…


Dem, GOP leaders have plan to eliminate problematic Medicare payment formula

Dem, GOP leaders have plan to eliminate problematic Medicare payment formula

October 31, 2013 5:46 am by | 0 Comments

The Democratic And Republican leaders of two key congressional committees have agreed on a framework to scrap the problematic Medicare payment formula for physicians and replace it with one that…


Penalties delayed for consumers who sign up for health insurance by March 31

Penalties delayed for consumers who sign up for health insurance by March 31

October 24, 2013 11:30 am by | 0 Comments

With the administration’s new announcement, consumers can wait until March 31 – when the current enrollment period ends — to enroll and not face fines.