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Excluded Benefits Lists Spark Debate

Christopher Cheney, Editor for HealthLeaders Media

President Obama's hallmark domestic policy initiative has been blunting the worst shortcomings of the US healthcare system. But it is unrealistic to expect the PPACA alone to totally transform the practice and financing of medicine. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers

CMS has issued a clarification on its rule governing how Medicare classifies and pays for short hospital stays, but healthcare providers are still crying foul over the new standard. >>>

Tavenner: No ICD-10 Delay, But Expect Some MU Relief

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has announced that the ICD-10 deadline will not be delayed, but she is offering relief to providers, payers, and health information technology vendors struggling to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements. >>>

States with HIX Woes to Get Enrollment Relief

A move by CMS to tweak the public health insurance exchange rules grants a measure of relief to states where individuals have struggled to enroll because of faulty state exchange websites. >>>

AHIP Eyes 5.9 Percent MA Payment Cut, Market Disruptions

A study commissioned by America's Health Insurance Plans is predicting a second consecutive year of deep payment cuts for Medicare Advantage programs which "could result in a high degree of disruption in the MA market." >>>

Employer Mandate Delay Hurts NFP Hospitals' Credit Outlook

The delay in the employer mandate "causes a timing mismatch between the benefit of fewer uninsured patients and the negative impact hospitals face related to reduced payment updates and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid DSH," says Moody's Investor Services. >>>

Hospitals Adapting Amid Continued Drug Shortages

While new drug shortages impacting patient care have lessened, the supply chain remains vulnerable to drug shortage 'spikes', says an executive from the group purchasing organization, Premier. >>>

Why Interim Leadership is On the Upswing

Faced with a potential mushroom cloud of new regulations and new business models, interim leaders can quickly take the reins and make difficult decisions. >>>

Medication Adherence Campaign Features Superhero

A health plan's community engagement campaign to educate patients to take their medications as directed ties into a strong popular theme to influence patients' prescription adherence rates. >>>



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Webcast: Hospitals Developing Health Plans: Key Steps to Becoming a Provider-Payer

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET Join hospital leaders as they outline the strategic transition from provider to payer, and new opportunities for controlling costs, managing risk, and maximizing reimbursements. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Insurers' Obamacare losses may reach $5.5 billion in 2015

Bloomberg, March 5, 2014

Obama budget sets Medicare savings, hospitals seek reprieve

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, March 5, 2014

Insurers, Medicaid fear multibillion-dollar hepatitis C drug tab

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, March 5, 2014

US fine-tunes messaging for home stretch of Obamacare sign-ups

Bloomberg, March 4, 2014

The hidden number key to Obamacare's success

CNN Money, March 4, 2014

Halifax Health settles fraud case

Orlando Sentinel, March 4, 2014

New health fix offers subsidies for insurance policies bought outside exchanges

The New York Times, March 3, 2014

Administration faces opposition to changes in Medicare prescription drug program

Kaiser Health News / USA Today, March 3, 2014

Big deadline looms this month for healthcare coverage

KARE.com / Associated Press, March 3, 2014

These three management rules helped fix Healthcare.gov

Quartz, March 3, 2014



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