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October 01, 2013
As Congress has failed to pass legislation to continue funding the federal government, the Department of Health and Human Services has furloughed more than half of its employees. Medicare and Medicaid funding will survive, at least in the short term.
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September 17, 2013
The federal Commission on Long-Term Care released its policy recommendations last week but did not reach a consensus on how to pay for these often expensive services.
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September 16, 2013
As we get closer to 2014, consumers are being surrounded by news coverage, ads and opinions about the health law. And many of them are turning to their doctors for advice. The American Medical Association wants to help doctors with answers.
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August 29, 2013
A 25 percent cut in the Medicare physician payment rate, driven by the "sustainable growth rate" formula, looms Jan. 1 unless Congress takes action to avert. The American Medical Association's president believes a permanent solution is on the horizon.
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August 26, 2013
While ACOs are touted as a way to help fix an inefficient payment system that rewards more, not better, care, some economists warn they could lead to greater consolidation in the healthcare industry. Here are some answers to common questions about them.
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August 20, 2013
The recent healthcare cost growth reduction is real, and it could be maintained because incentive structures have the potential to link the self-interest of all major health system stakeholders with the social interest in cost growth containment, quality improvement and better population health.
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August 05, 2013
Medicare will levy $227 million in fines against hospitals for failing to reduce readmissions.
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August 02, 2013
House Energy and Commerce Committee has unanimously approved legislation to repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate formula, moving another step closer to a more stable physician payment system.
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July 25, 2013
The topic of why it costs more to treat patients in some areas of the country than in others has caused feuds among researchers. Given the decades-long argument, a new IOM report is likely to only add fuel to the fire.
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July 25, 2013
Some of the most challenging aspects for payers to prepare for operating on the exchanges have to with the basics, such as products, rates and service models.
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July 23, 2013
Policy solutions have the potential to create a better system of care for geriatric patients.
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June 20, 2013
Medicare eligible professionals (EPs) who do not demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program may be subject to a payment adjustment beginning Jan. 1, 2015. To ensure that Medicare EPs are aware of the adjustments -- and how to avoid them -- Healthcare Finance News' sister publication, PhysBizTech, recently spoke to Rob Anthony, deputy director of the HIT Initiatives Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the EHR Incentive Programs.
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June 17, 2013
MedPAC has found that hospitals with a large portion of low-income patients also have higher readmission rates, and, therefore, higher penalties under Medicare's hospital readmissions reduction program. That imbalance was one of the reasons that MedPAC, in its annual June report to Congress, has recommended that Medicare modify its readmissions reduction policy.
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June 17, 2013
The fiscally reckless Medicare Part D drug benefit - passed by a Republican Congress and signed by a Republican President - continues to add to the US federal deficit and debt. I'm resigned to this program's continuation but perhaps there is hope for it to be modified or somehow brought into better balance.
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May 22, 2013
Healthcare providers will be paid less for their for services under the federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) starting next month to stretch its funding because it is fast running out of money.
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May 21, 2013
As an estimated 14 million additional Americans become eligible for health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act, recent survey data reveals that the number of doctors entering the healthcare field remains flat, and existing physicians are reducing the number of patients they are willing to service. Solutions to the shortage are urgently needed experts say.
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May 03, 2013
U.S. medical schools are on track to increase their enrollment 30 percent by 2017, according to results of the annual Medical School Enrollment Survey conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Workforce Studies, released Thursday.
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April 15, 2013
While Republican members of Congress have announced plans to once again use budget measures to attempt to defund key parts of health reform - including nearly $1 billion the Office of Management and Budget requested for CMS, which presumably would be used for the establishment and operation of state health insurance exchanges - their Republican counterparts who occupy state governors' mansions have begun to sing a different tune.
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April 15, 2013
The tax-exempt status of hospitals has been under attack for decades. But the public's awareness of the way not-for-profit hospitals operate intensified as the result of some high profile court cases in Illinois and Minnesota.
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April 11, 2013
Yesterday, the Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2014. As widely reported, the budget incorporates an offer the President made to Congress in December 2012 to achieve nearly $1.8 trillion in additional deficit reduction over the next 10 years.
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