August 30, 2011 Two economists doubt accountable care organizations, a key tool for improving costs and quality under the federal health overhaul, will be able to temper the medical system's lust for the latest expensive technology. Costs and quality of care are are at stake.
August 29, 2011 A new poll finds that only half of uninsured people are aware that help is on the way from the federal health overhaul. Fewer than a third say they think the law will help them obtain health insurance.
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August 23, 2011 The new bundling proposal would turn Medicare's payment system on its head. Rather than paying hospitals, doctors, and post-hospital caregivers separately, Medicare would provide a single payment for, say, heart attack care.
August 2, 2011 The problem for health care providers – and, potentially, patients – is that a "supercommittee" of 12 members of Congress is charged with coming up with $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction in a very short period of time. Likely near the top of the list to get trimmed will be payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.
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July 28, 2011 The Affordable Care Act will boost the number of people with health insurance by about 30 million over the next decade, while health costs overall will rise by one-tenth of a percentage point more than they would have if the law hadn't passed.
July 19, 2011 School-based health clinics are few and far between. But under the law overhauling health care, the federal government is awarding $95 million in grants to build, renovate or equip such clinics.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talks about insurance with Nick Kaplanis, manager at Frager's Hardware Store, Washington, D.C.
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July 11, 2011 Exchanges must be up and running by at the start of 2014, although states must prove a year earlier that they will be ready to go. The federal government will establish exchanges for states that can't or won't do so themselves.
July 5, 2011 This month, the Obama administration reduced premiums by up to 40 percent in 17 states and the District of Columbia where it runs the high-risk insurance programs. It also encouraged other states to follow suit.
July 1, 2011 A task force of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners voted Thursday to endorse legislation that would effectively spare their commissions from being counted as administrative costs.
June 29, 2011 In a 2-1 decision, an appeals court panel in Ohio upheld the individual mandate of the law overhauling the nation's health care system. The ruling is the first by a federal appeals court on the overhaul.
June 17, 2011 The influential firm caused quite a ruckus with results from an employer survey. The consultants predicted nearly a third of employers won't offer health coverage after 2014.
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June 16, 2011 Some 17 federal agencies are expected to be involved in executing a national prevention strategy. The plan would draw on a wide range of health workers, institutions, community-based organizations and government agencies for help.
June 8, 2011 A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Wednesday in the much-watched case against President Obama's health overhaul law. The government is appealing a Pensacola judge's February ruling that the entire law is unconstitutional.
June 7, 2011 Insurance brokers are waging a campaign to exclude the sales commissions insurers pay them from the companies' administrative expenses. Though that battle may sound arcane, there's big money at stake for consumers.
June 6, 2011 A poll conducted in Massachusetts finds nearly three-quarters of people support the state's law making health care coverage virtually universal. But about half of those polled would like some changes made.
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