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Health Plans Betting on HIX to Bring in Business

Jacqueline Fellows

Florida Blue, the state's largest health plan, is building retail centers in preparation for business to be generated by health insurance exchanges. The shops are tailor-made for selling Medicare Advantage policies, the company says. >>>

 

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State HIX Options 'Ironic from Both Sides'

Some states, citing their sovereignty, say they have no intention of submitting plans for state-run health insurance exchanges. Ironically, if they don't, the federal government will step in and do it. >>>

Why Red State Govs May Embrace Medicaid Expansion

Some governors who had been strongly opposed to direct federal aid for expanding Medicaid rolls are now taking a second look at it. "They have been hearing from providers in their states who are worried about uncompensated care costs," says one analyst. >>>

Recovery Audits Targeted by House Bill, AHA Suit

A bill in the US House and a lawsuit brought by the American Hospital Association and four members signal deep discontent with the financial structure of Medicare audits under current policy. >>>

As HIX Deadline Looms, States and Feds Scramble

State plans for their proposed health insurance exchanges are due next week, but not all will meet the deadline. The federal government will operate exchanges for states that cannot or will not, but its capability to do so are not entirely clear. >>>

The Election Is Over, But Not the Shouting

Monumental tasks lie ahead for those in healthcare. Most pressing is the "fiscal cliff," which healthcare executives expect to squeeze reimbursements even more. >>>

Young Doctors Spend 13% More Than Older Physicians

Older doctors can teach younger, less experienced physicians a lesson or two about cutting costs by using less costly procedures, a RAND study shows. >>>



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News Headlines

FL Gov softens stance, ready to negotiate on Obamacare

Associated Press, November 14, 2012

Clinton says his foundation to tackle health gaps

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, November 14, 2012

Altoona hospital system mulls bids from UPMC, Highmark, Geisinger

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 14, 2012

Hospitals say health reform work still on track

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 13, 2012

Highmark, West Penn Allegheny leaders meet to resurrect merger

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 13, 2012

Medicare electronic submissions system makes slow start

InformationWeek, November 13, 2012

Non-emergency ER patients to pay at GA medical center

CovNews, November 12, 2012

States must play catch-up on health overhaul

Treasury & Risk / Bloomberg, November 9, 2012

Outlook for 'Obamacare' in two maps

Pro Publica, November 9, 2012

Obama win buoys hospitals as insurers slip

San Francisco Chronicle / Bloomberg News, November 8, 2012



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