10 days after ACA enrollment deadline, Sebelius calls it quits

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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…


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…


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…



Top 3 tasks that should be on the new HHS secretary’s to-do list

Top 3 tasks that should be on the new HHS secretary’s to-do list

April 16, 2014 1:00 pm by | 0 Comments

There’s never a dull moment at HHS these days. First there was the mad, last-minute “Sign up, sign up, sign up!” rush to the enrollment deadline, then Medicare released all…


CMS Medicare data dump shows why transparency is only half the battle

CMS Medicare data dump shows why transparency is only half the battle

April 10, 2014 10:12 am by | 0 Comments

As transparency advocates are applauding CMS’s data dump, many doctors, it seems, are yielding lots of questioning phone calls. That could be both good and bad.


ICD-10 delay means doctors’ billing system stays stuck in the ’70s

ICD-10 delay means doctors’ billing system stays stuck in the ’70s

April 10, 2014 6:12 am by | 0 Comments

For doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, all the complexities of medicine get boiled down into a system of codes. These codes are used to track and pay for every procedure…


Report: States with no Medicaid expansion leave 3.7M mentally ill with no insurance

Report: States with no Medicaid expansion leave 3.7M mentally ill with no insurance

April 9, 2014 5:01 am by | 1 Comments

Some might consider Kelly Troyer of South Carolina lucky. She isn’t one of them.
Thanks to the generosity of her church and family members, she receives some treatment for the depression and post-traumatic stress disorder she suffers as a result …


A new threat to patent reform? Pfizer/Apple/GE/Microsoft coalition

A new threat to patent reform? Pfizer/Apple/GE/Microsoft coalition

April 7, 2014 6:30 am by | 0 Comments

There’s a new coalition in D.C., and big players like Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft, and Pfizer have all signed up. Unfortunately, all that power and influence is being used…



On the eve of a big Obamacare deadline, here are the health law’s big unknowns

On the eve of a big Obamacare deadline, here are the health law’s big unknowns

March 29, 2014 12:56 pm by | 1 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a roller-coaster sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama’s health care law has indeed managed to change the country. Americans are unlikely to go back to…


Obamacare-crazy pols seek every edge (including from a cancer patient)

Obamacare-crazy pols seek every edge (including from a cancer patient)

March 29, 2014 7:54 am by | 0 Comments

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida’s governor’s race became a battleground over health care reform Thursday as Democrat Charlie Crist aggressively responded to a heavily-financed attack ad from Republican Gov. Rick Scott,…


Pennsylvania hospitals use Obamacare bogeyman to hedge financial bets

Pennsylvania hospitals use Obamacare bogeyman to hedge financial bets

March 29, 2014 6:17 am by | 0 Comments

Profits were up at many Western Pennsylvania hospitals at the end of last year, thanks to higher revenue, a turnaround from the previous year when many reported losses from their…


Texas has messed with Obamacare (and Texans aren’t signing up)

Texas has messed with Obamacare (and Texans aren’t signing up)

March 28, 2014 1:07 pm by | 4 Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says political opposition in Texas to the federal health care overhaul hasn’t helped the state’s underperforming sign-up numbers. Sebelius…


London is the best place for healthcare companies in Europe (says London)

London is the best place for healthcare companies in Europe (says London)

March 28, 2014 10:53 am by | 0 Comments

The British government is moving ahead with plans to position its capital city as the “health-tech capital of Europe.” London deputy mayor Christopher “Kit” Malthouse paid a visit to Silicon Valley…


It looks like Obamacare in Florida is (finally) going to get moving

It looks like Obamacare in Florida is (finally) going to get moving

March 26, 2014 12:34 pm by | 0 Comments

MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s Republican leaders have fought the Affordable Care Act at every turn, banning navigators from county health departments, offering no state dollars to boost outreach efforts to…


Docs: GOP hijack of Medicare physician-pay formula fix will kill plan

Docs: GOP hijack of Medicare physician-pay formula fix will kill plan

March 9, 2014 10:01 am by | 0 Comments

Physician groups on Friday (March 7) issued thinly veiled warnings that Congress’ hard-fought legislation to reform the Medicare physician-pay formula could slip away if House Republicans move forward on a…


Latest Obamacare update lets consumers hold onto previously canceled plans until 2016

Latest Obamacare update lets consumers hold onto previously canceled plans until 2016

March 5, 2014 5:56 pm by | 1 Comments

In the latest tweak to the Affordable Care Act, consumers and the Democrats who represent them won an Obamacare concession. Consumers can hold onto previously canceled then temporarily restored minimal…