Most health insurers say they will take part in health insurance exchanges despite concerns about how the programs will function, technical barriers, and the health status of participants. Meanwhile, a federal study finds that premiums will cost less than originally expected and selection will be broad. >>>
Witnesses representing payers and providers agree that healthcare industry consolidation predates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by at least two decades, but blame each other for rising healthcare costs. >>>
The departing National Coordinator for Health IT reflects on the effect of the sequester, says meaningful use Stage 2 is a done deal, and lauds the free market for EHRs. >>>
The healthcare law is a convenient scapegoat for hospitals looking to downsize staff and reallocate labor costs to other initiatives. Meanwhile, feds mandate home health workers' minimum wage and OT pay. >>>
Three-quarters of the total cost increase for patients with a heart attack was incurred for services between the 31st and the 365th day, according to a new study of Medicare cost trends in 1998-2008. >>>
Hospital groups complain about the delay in rule-setting, the long implementation timetable for the unique device identifier rule, and a new database. >>>
Driven by safety evidence and new reporting requirements, obstetric units are curbing elective early deliveries. But some patients are insistent. >>>
With HIX set to debut in less than a week, some insurers are marketing the benefits of enrollment to younger, healthier people. One PA insurer is using social media and a roving truck to pitch its "Live Fearless" campaign. >>>
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