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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – December 27, 2012

  The extended deadline for states to submit plans to run their own insurance exchanges is now behind us. A total of 18 states submitted blueprints to run their own exchanges. The 32 remaining states have until February 15, 2013 to indicate

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – December 12, 2012

  As the year’s end approaches, the Hill is a flurry of activity with representatives from various health groups trying to ensure that whatever solution Congress finds to the fiscal cliff problems does not negatively affect them and those they

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – December 4, 2012

HHS is quickly moving to implement the Affordable Care Act.  Rules are out in the past two weeks that charge insurance companies to participate in federal exchanges, prohibit discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, detail essential health benefit requirements, and expand

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – August 1, 2012

Over the past week, analysts at the Congressional Budget Office said they expect that the Supreme Court’s decision, which struck down the requirement that states expand their Medicaid programs, will result in 3 million more uninsured and reduce costs by

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Posted in Alaska, Arkansas, Articles, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, Health Reform, HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, Kentucky, Medicaid, PPACA, Supreme Court, Virginia, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update July 18, 2012

Last week the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but several Republican governors expressed willingness to expand their states’ Medicaid programs in accordance with the Act if their states could be granted control over how the

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Posted in Articles, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, Indiana, Kentucky, PPACA, Texas

Health Care Reform Implementation Update July 3, 2012

The Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a landmark 5-4 decision, which prompted many in business, the administration and states around the country to proceed with the Act’s implementation, while others are preparing for a

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Posted in Affordable Care Act, Articles, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, Health Reform, Medicaid, PPACA, Supreme Court, Texas, Washington, D.C.

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

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.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

On Monday, November 22, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its long-awaited regulations on medical payouts required under the health care law, a standard known as the medical loss ratio (MLR). The new rules say that

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