Category Archives: Affordable Care Act

Obama Administration Disperses Last of Grants to Fund Health Information Exchanges

With its economic stimulus funds dwindling, the out-going Obama administration is still backing health information exchanges meant to spur better patient care. Using leftover money from a $2 billion appropriation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology … Continue reading

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Is Paul Ryan Already Eyeing Medicare Cuts?

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that Medicare has “serious problems” that would need to be addressed when Congress moves to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care reform law — a signal that he is willing to immediately enter … Continue reading

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What the 2016 Presidential Election Could Mean for ACA’s Future

At the federal level, the nation’s two major political parties have vastly different visions for the future of healthcare. The election will help to determine which course the nation follows for the foreseeable future. What are the likely outcomes depending … Continue reading

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Treating The Patient vs. The Healthcare System

The Physicians Foundation recently released its findings from this year’s biennial physician survey.  What surprised us the most, or should we say amazed us, were the 10,170 physicians who took the additional time to send us commentaries that filled more … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Getting Earful Over Rising Health Care Premiums

The skyrocketing cost of health care premiums is suddenly center stage in Campaign 2016. State lawmakers are calling for a Special Session to fix what they say are catastrophic premium hikes. But now, political experts say the rate hike crisis … Continue reading

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AARP Sues US Agency Over Wellness Incentive Rules

A lobbying group representing older Americans sued the Obama administration on Monday claiming regulations for programs designed to rein in employee health care costs will subject workers to invasions of their medical privacy. Rules released in May by the U.S. … Continue reading

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3 Truths About the 2017 ACA Marketplace

HHS confirmed an average 25% increase for next year’s benchmark ACA plan premiums. It was Christmas in October this Monday for health insurance wonks. Earlier in the day, HHS opened the blinds for individuals to preview and window-shop premium prices … Continue reading

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Drug Price Hikes May be Hitting Hospitals Harder than Consumers

Skyrocketing drug prices have hit hospitals even harder than consumers, according to a recent study from America’s biggest hospital lobbies. Annual inpatient drug spending was up an average of 23.4% between 2013 and 2015, and 38.7% on a per admission … Continue reading

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Obamacare Patients Granted ‘Special’ Enrollments Cost Insurers

Special enrollments that give Americans a second chance to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are 5% more costly than patients who sign up during the annual fall open enrollment period. A new analysis from research … Continue reading

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ICD-10 turns 1: Was it so bad?

Gearing up for the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 last October, many providers expected nothing but headaches. The new system increased the number of diagnostic codes from around 13,000 to about 68,000, requiring clinicians to sift through highly specified conditions … Continue reading

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