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healthcare news: week of December 26

Posted by Verscend on 12/30/16 7:00 AM

Our final healthcare news roundup of 2016 looks at the current state of Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), potential challenges to implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), a new initiative aimed at integrating behavioral health services with primary care, and an increase in healthcare spending on children.

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healthcare news: week of December 12

Posted by Verscend on 12/16/16 8:03 AM

This week’s healthcare news looks at how Americans with pre-existing conditions could be impacted if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, the number of people who have gained coverage under the ACA, patient dissatisfaction with healthcare data practices, and the passage of a major medical research law.

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healthcare news: week of December 5

Posted by Verscend on 12/9/16 10:14 AM

This week’s healthcare news takes a look at how hospitals are anxious about major cuts that could take place if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, the 20th anniversary of DxCG Intelligence, how inaccurate provider directories hurt consumers, and a healthcare fraud settlement over excessive billing.

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healthcare news: week of November 28

Posted by Verscend on 12/2/16 9:47 AM

This week’s healthcare news highlights what’s expected from President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), what the future might hold for the CMS Innovation Center once Republicans control both Congress and the White House, and how patients insured by plans on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health exchanges are shouldering steep costs for specialty drugs.

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healthcare news: week of November 14

Posted by Verscend on 11/18/16 10:22 AM

This week’s healthcare news takes a look at rising enrollment on HealthCare.gov following the presidential election, how the election may impact the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and Medicaid expansion, and a study examining how retail clinics affect emergency department use.

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healthcare news: week of November 7

Posted by Verscend on 11/11/16 8:16 AM

This week’s healthcare news examines how Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election will impact healthcare, strains on the federal healthcare enrollment website, an injunction against a rule that impacts nursing home litigation, and possible risks in healthcare IT.

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healthcare news: week of October 31

Posted by Verscend on 11/4/16 9:18 AM

This week’s healthcare news highlights how fewer hospitals will see bonuses under Medicare’s Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program in 2017, a push by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to prevent diabetes, and yet another delay in implementing a Medicare Part D regulation that would impact prescribers.

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healthcare news: week of October 24

Posted by Verscend on 10/28/16 9:36 AM

This week’s healthcare news looks at how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is examining the way insurers automatically enroll customers into Medicare Advantage plans, new opportunities for physicians to participate in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) through the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and how double-digit premium hikes will impact consumers shopping for insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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healthcare news: week of October 17

Posted by Verscend on 10/21/16 9:16 AM

This week’s healthcare news highlights concerns that the latest rule defining electronic health record (EHR) requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s (MACRA) alternative payment model may create administrative burdens for small healthcare IT vendors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) latest plan to reward quality in its payment methodology for Medicare services, and a nine percent increase in the number of expected enrollees in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace.  

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healthcare news: week of October 10

Posted by Verscend on 10/14/16 8:42 AM

This week’s healthcare news looks at how a new pilot program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gives insurers more flexibility in benefit design, a tool to help providers implement MACRA, how doctors outperform algorithms in diagnosing patients, and a push by providers to prevent surprise bills for out-of-network services.

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