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HIX Are a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Margaret Dick Tocknell

The impact of health insurance exchanges will take months and years to assess. December 15, not October 1, is the big date; young invincibles aren't essential yet; and it will be 2015 before the viability of HIX is known. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Tech Glitches Snarl HIX Opening Day

High traffic volume contributed to consumer complaints about problems with the federal health insurance exchange and several states operating their own marketplaces reported similar problems on launch day. >>>

Can Hospitals Pay Patients' Health Insurance Premiums?

It's not clear whether hospitals can legally advance patients premium money for coverage obtained from health insurance exchange markets. But the potential for conflict is apparent. >>>

Two-Midnight Rule Creates Financial Hurdles, Perverse Incentives

The controversial two-midnight rule goes into effect tomorrow, creating new economic challenges for hospitals and health systems. Reimbursements will drop for the same level of care, say healthcare leaders, who will be forced to choose between doing what's right and gaining revenue. >>>

How CMS Makes Quality Data Public While Still Keeping It Secret

The federal government seems to want to keep safety data on eight hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) secret at the same time that it boasts how transparent it's being. >>>

Regina Benjamin Continues Crusade for Wellness

A Q&A with the former Surgeon General on her new position, the importance of early health habits, and why New Orleans is a natural laboratory for wellness. >>>

Cuts to Medicare Payments for Uninsured Begin

Federally mandated cuts to Medicare and Medicaid hospital payments for uncompensated care go into effect on schedule, but hospital associations and lawmakers are actively proposing their delay. >>>

Q&A: Mostashari Reflects as He Prepares to Exit ONC

In the second part of a two-part interview, departing National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, discusses EHRs and quality measures, Regional Extension Centers, and VDT requirements. >>>

US Health Coverage Rebounds—For Now

After two decades of mostly declines, the percentage of Americans with health insurance inched up between 2011 and 2012, according to a new study. But with the advent of health insurance exchanges, the future level of insured people is impossible to know. >>>



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News Headlines

Health insurance markets open amid heavy volume and delays

The New York Times, October 2, 2013

Lessons for the Obamacare rollout, courtesy of MA

NPR, October 2, 2013

Obamacare demand signals potential success for exchanges

Bloomberg, October 2, 2013

Cuts block some seeking NIH research treatment

Charlotte Observer / Associated Press, October 2, 2013

'Rock Doc' busted on Medicare fraud charges

The Miami Herald, October 2, 2013

White House shows off website to buy health insurance under Obamacare

The Washington Post, October 1, 2013

Struck by turtle: Anticipating a new healthcare billing system

The Atlantic, October 1, 2013

Opinion: Dawn of a revolution in healthcare

The New York Times, September 30, 2013

Medicaid 'doughnut hole' leaves many working poor without healthcare subsidies

Star-Telegram, September 30, 2013

Obama denounces 'irresponsible' healthcare critics

USA Today, September 27, 2013



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