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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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Posted in ACA, Articles, exchange, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, HHS, PPACA, Supreme Court, 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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Posted in Health Reform, HHS, HITECH, Kathleen Sebelius, PPACA, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

On Wednesday (11/10), an official with the National Governors Association told insurance executives at a conference hosted by America’s Health Insurance Plans that the challenges states face in creating health insurance exchanges, coupled with the changed political landscape, may lead

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Posted in CMS, HHS, Medicaid, Medicare, National Academy for State Health Policy, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, NCQA, PPACA, President Obama, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

In the week following the midterm elections, House and Senate Republicans have made known their intent to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans in Congress should “repeatedly” seek

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Posted in Affordable Care Act, CMS, HHS, John Boehner, Medicaid, Medicare, Mitch McConnell, PPACA, President Obama, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

Much of the health care news this week focused on the effect the election may have on PPACA. Many think major Republican gains could mean significant hold-ups in the legislation’s implementation, or possibly even repeal. Democratic pollsters warned Republicans that

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Posted in CMI, HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, PPACA, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

 Last Monday, a federal judge in Virginia said he would rule before the end of the year on whether the health reform legislation violates the Constitution. The judge conceded that his ruling would likely be just a small step on

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Posted in CMI, CMS, HHS, Joe L. Barton, Kathleen Sebelius, Medicaid, Medicare, Michael C. Burgess, National Associate of Insurance Commissioners, PPACA, Washington, D.C.
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