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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 23, 2013

With only two weeks before Congress’ August recess and just a little more than two months before October open enrollment begins, Washington is busy sorting through, implementing and, in some cases, fighting the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Department of

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 3, 2013

The Obama administration announced yesterday it was delaying the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Employer Mandate, which requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide affordable health insurance to its employees or pay a fine; the House Committee on

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – March 14, 2013

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conditionally approved state partnership marketplaces in Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire and West Virginia; Accountable Care Organizations wrote to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) arguing that the quality

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – January 14, 2013

  The Obama administration gave eight more states conditional approval to operate health insurance exchanges, bringing the total number of fully or partially approved exchanges to 20; HHS approved 106 new accountable care organizations; and Congress reached a deal on

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update

On Monday, December 13, a federal court in Virginia ruled that key parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee, said PPACA’s requirement that most

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Posted in ACO, CHIP, CMS, HHS, Jan Brewer, Ken Cuccinelli, Medicaid, Medicare, MedPAC, NCQA, PPACA, President Obama, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

On Friday, December 3, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its draft recommendations for fiscal year 2012. MedPAC recommends that hospitals receive a 1 percent net increase in inpatient and outpatient payment rates and a 1 percent increase in

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update

On Monday, November 29, the Senate failed to repeal the new tax reporting rules of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) even though both Democrats and Republicans agreed they needed to be abandoned to prevent businesses from being

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Posted in ACO, CMS, David Dowd, MedPAC, NCQA, PPACA, Washington, D.C.
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