ZoomCare working to change Oregon laws to support its neighborhood clinic network

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ZoomCare working to change Oregon laws to support its neighborhood clinic network

April 17, 2014 6:19 am by | 0 Comments

In addition to designing a good customer experience, ZoomCare is lobbying the Oregon legislature to improve the odds of success for its neighborhood clinic business model. Founded in 2006 by…


Obamacare implementation in Seattle draws fire for excluding Seattle Children’s Hospital from network

Obamacare implementation in Seattle draws fire for excluding Seattle Children’s Hospital from network

April 24, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Health insurers and hospitals, usually on opposite sides, lined up together Tuesday to give Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler an earful about his proposed new rule for insurance-provider networks . Kreidler…


Florida Blue predicts higher 2015 premiums due to Obamacare insurance provisions

Florida Blue predicts higher 2015 premiums due to Obamacare insurance provisions

April 23, 2014 7:45 am by | 1 Comments

Most of the consumers who bought a private health plan from Florida Blue through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges between October and April were previously uninsured — one of…



FDA medical device proposal would develop faster path to market for breakthrough tech

FDA medical device proposal would develop faster path to market for breakthrough tech

April 22, 2014 5:30 pm by | 0 Comments

Washington routinely comes in for criticism that it doesn’t do enough to support the U.S. medical device industry. But a new FDA proposal would establish for medical devices the equivalent…


Obamacare incentives spark unlikely healthcare partnership for after hours care

Obamacare incentives spark unlikely healthcare partnership for after hours care

April 22, 2014 4:00 pm by | 0 Comments

At Swedish Medical Center’s Cherry Hill hospital, the “EMERGENCY” sign glows bright in the dusk above the emergency-room entrance. Some 18,000 people sought help here last year. Right next to…


Antitrust ruling against Idaho hospital merger could slow consolidation nationally

Antitrust ruling against Idaho hospital merger could slow consolidation nationally

April 22, 2014 12:14 pm by | 0 Comments

NAMPA, Idaho – When Idaho’s largest hospital system bought the state’s largest doctor practice in 2012, the groups expressed hope that the deal would spark a revolution in delivering better-quality…


How are Michigan’s health systems responding to doctor shortage?

How are Michigan’s health systems responding to doctor shortage?

April 21, 2014 12:43 pm by | 1 Comments

Michigan’s medical schools, doctors offices and health care networks are tackling a shortage of primary care doctors that is expected to worsen under the Affordable Care Act. The state and…


Amidst Gilead’s Hepatitis C pill patent debate in India, concerns about access to breakthrough drug

Amidst Gilead’s Hepatitis C pill patent debate in India, concerns about access to breakthrough drug

April 21, 2014 10:42 am by | 0 Comments

A cure for hepatitis C might seem like welcome news in India, where 12 million people suffer from the disease. But the country isn’t quite rolling out the red carpet…



Why Posting Doctors Medicare Earnings is Misleading

Why Posting Doctors Medicare Earnings is Misleading

April 20, 2014 11:20 pm by | 0 Comments

It has been much debated and many people are welcoming the new transparency. I have heard people say that doctors are just too whiny and don’t want people to know…


Health insurance exchanges still take hits. Maryland’s eviscerated in new ad

Health insurance exchanges still take hits. Maryland’s eviscerated in new ad

April 20, 2014 3:10 pm by | 0 Comments

A 60-second radio spot by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler criticizes Maryland’s online health insurance exchange — and by extension Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, his rival in the Democratic…


Healthcare.gov asking users to change passwords due to Heartbleed worries

Healthcare.gov asking users to change passwords due to Heartbleed worries

April 20, 2014 5:01 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review…


Clock ticking for states to adopt health insurance exchanges

Clock ticking for states to adopt health insurance exchanges

April 18, 2014 1:08 pm by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama’s health care law, time may be running out to decide whether…


Progress, challenges as Medicaid rolls swell in Washington

Progress, challenges as Medicaid rolls swell in Washington

April 18, 2014 12:21 pm by | 1 Comments

Washington state has blown past its targets for signing up new Medicaid participants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program’s ranks have grown roughly 25 percent in the past…


How do we prove we have insurance?

How do we prove we have insurance?

April 18, 2014 5:09 am by | 0 Comments

Q. How will we prove to the government that we have health insurance? A. Until the income tax forms for next year are available, exactly what people will be required…


President sharply criticizes republicans as he announces 8 million have enrolled in Obamacare (VIDEO)

President sharply criticizes republicans as he announces 8 million have enrolled in Obamacare (VIDEO)

April 17, 2014 6:13 pm by | 0 Comments

Enrollment in private health insurance on federal and state marketplaces has surged in recent weeks and now totals 8 million, a feisty President Barack Obama said Thursday. “This thing is…


Obamacare signups: More than just the exchange numbers

Obamacare signups: More than just the exchange numbers

April 17, 2014 5:46 pm by | 1 Comments

All that hyperbole for nothing! President Obama just announced that 8 million people signed up for coverage on federal and state health insurance exchanges during the initial open enrollment period…