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What if Small Businesses Evade ACA Regs?

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Cost sharing could be undermined if small employers with relatively healthy workers and dependents are able to stay out of the Small Business Health Options Program or health insurance exchanges. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

US Healthcare Costs Grew 5.28% in 2011

Healthcare costs easily outpaced the 3% growth in overall inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for 2011, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. One healthcare economist says costs are "trending back toward acceleration after a lull." >>>

$323M in MLR Rebates Expected in First Year

Rebates to consumers from health insurance companies that fail to meet medical loss ratio standards could surpass a quarter of a billion dollars this year, federal health officials say. >>>

Congress OKs Doc Fix, Payroll Tax-Cut Extension

Congress has passed a legislative package that would delay massive Medicare reimbursement cuts for physicians for 10 months. The deadline to resolve the sustainable growth rate formula issue is now postponed until the end of 2012. >>>

Meaningful Use Incentive Payouts Top $3B

Healthcare providers have so far received $3.12 billion in incentive payments for adopting meaningful use measures, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says. >>>

Book: The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy

This comprehensive book dissects the integral components of ACOs from the view of physicians, providers, and payers and analyzes CMS's final regulations. Get the book that provides specifics on incorporating accountable care structure and strategy into your organization and enter the ACO era prepared and positioned to succeed. >>>



Impact Analysis Report

 

ICD-10: Skating on Thin Margins

Don't let the ICD-10 delay derail your plans. Get exclusive, original ICD-10 research, analysis, and insights from top executives at NYU Langone Medical Center, Lakewood Health System, Southwest General Health Center, Frederick Regional Health System, and MemorialCare Health System. >>>



News Headlines

Obama administration loans $638M for health insurance co-ops in 8 states

The Washington Post, February 22, 2012

Highmark develops data-share network

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 22, 2012

Help for the uninsured: Docs accept local currencies

CNNMoney, February 22, 2012

Two-thirds of CO docs refuse or limit basic Medicare patients

KUNC, February 21, 2012

Medicaid use skyrockets in IL suburbs as potential cutbacks loom

Daily Herald, February 21, 2012

12 state AGs back Medicaid increase in SCOTUS brief

Government Health IT, February 21, 2012

New GOP Medicare plan promotes private insurance, raises eligibility age, increases premiums

Chicago Tribune / Associated Press, February 17, 2012

Healthcare law may mean other buying mandates, Clement says

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, February 17, 2012

Doctors 'disgruntled' and frustrated by looming Medicare cuts

NPR, February 17, 2012

Enrollment in UPMC plans soars

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 16, 2012



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About: Join HealthLeaders Media for 90 minutes of commercial ACO strategy and solutions, direct from top executives representing both providers and payers. This customizable webcast allows you to pre-submit questions to our speakers to help guide the discussion. >>>



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