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  • The Affordable Care Act isn't wiping out unpaid hospital bills

    The Affordable Care Act isn't wiping out unpaid hospital bills

    Melanie Evans - http://www.chicagobusiness.com/ | March 08, 2016


    The economy of Gillette, Wyo., has slumped along with the fortunes of companies like Devon Energy and Peabody Energy, which have slashed jobs because of the prolonged downturn in oil and gas prices. Taxes on property, coal and oil support the county-owned hospital, but revenue has dipped because of dwindling population and a rising number of uninsured residents amid the layoffs. Wyoming, so far, has chosen not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Read More
  • Medicare Advantage ratings proving to be boon to insurers, patients

    Medicare Advantage ratings proving to be boon to insurers, patients

    Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News - www.usatoday.com/ | March 02, 2016


    Vantage Health Plan executives saw an opportunity when they realized few of their female Medicare members were being screened for osteoporosis after they broke bones. The test to identify women at increased risk for fractures is one of 40 measures that Medicare applies to produce its 5-star ratings comparing the private plans chosen by nearly a third of seniors over traditional coverage. More than $3 billion is in play for insurers. Health plans earning at least four stars qualify for federal bonus payments. Those that don’t, lose out. Read More
  • How students are helping transform medical education

    How students are helping transform medical education

    http://www.ama-assn.org/ | March 06, 2016


    A Spotlight on Innovation post with David Savage, a sixth-year MD/PhD student at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the medical student member of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Initiative’s national advisory board. Read More
  • Medicare's new ACO model preps providers for insurance ventures

    Medicare's new ACO model preps providers for insurance ventures

    Bob Herman - http://www.modernhealthcare.com/ | January 14, 2016


    ​Hospitals and doctors have expressed a clear willingness to start their own Medicare Advantage plans. The latest iteration of Medicare's accountable care experiment paves the way for more of them to head in that direction. That's not to say all health systems interested in managing population health will start applying for insurance licenses. Some progressive systems such asDartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, N.H., are content to pursue value-based payment models with the help of other private insurers. However, the changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program for accountable care organizations and the launch of the Next Generation ACO model make it clear the federal government wants providers to take more financial risk in Medicare now that they have some experience under their belts. Read More
  • Has the Cadillac tax hit a dead end?

    Has the Cadillac tax hit a dead end?

    Shannon Muchmore - http://www.modernhealthcare.com | January 16, 2016


    ​The delay of the tax on high-end insurance plans will not have much of an immediate effect on healthcare economics or the success of the Affordable Care Act, but if the tax continues to be pushed off and is essentially dead, consequences loom large. Congress announced the omnibus budget agreement and tax extenders bill late Tuesday with a vote planned before the end of the week. White House officials have indicated the president will sign the package into law. Read More