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HHS Announces $685M Awards in Patient-Centered Clinician Aid

by Jacqueline DiChiara

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is on a mission to improve the quality of healthcare, advance patients’ information accessibility, and decrease expenses across the industry. According to today’s announcement from...

Burwell: ACA Progress Caused Record Drop in Uninsured Rate

by Jacqueline DiChiara

Over 17 million people have acquired healthcare coverage via Affordable Care Act (ACA) conditions with over 10 million uninsured individuals eligible for Marketplace coverage, according to a speech delivered earlier this week at Howard University...

Will Medicare Advantage Plan Enrollment See Record Highs?

by Jacqueline DiChiara

Both the stabilization of Medicare Advantage premiums and improved accessibility of top-notch care plans are on the healthcare horizon, says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in yesterday’s announcement. Enrollment...

3 Strategies to Improve Healthcare Supply Chain Management

by Jacqueline DiChiara

The evolution and progression of supply chain and reimbursement tactics and procedures within the healthcare industry serves as a keen focal point requiring acute attention to detail if success is to be met. The following is a compilation of...

Medicaid Expansion May Reduce Uninsured Hospital Patients

by Sara Heath

Despite being a major provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid expansion has not been implemented in all states and is still having a notable effect on the states in which it has been adopted. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation...

Health Insurance Coverage Still Low Despite ACA Policies

by Sara Heath

Health insurance coverage woes continue to affect a great number of individuals, claims the President of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). According to a recent press release, Robert Zarr, MD, argues that despite the increase in...

Primary Care Providers Benefit from Large ACA Donations

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has allocated $500 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to aid health centers and increase primary care services, according to a recent press release. The goal of this funding matches...

HHS Proposes Rule Endorsing Nondiscriminatory Gender Equity

by Jacqueline DiChiara

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) handling of civil rights matters is under fresh review. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), seeking to advance health equity under the ACA, issued a proposed rule last week –...

JPandS Talks Medicare Costs, Physician Deficit, Cadillac Tax

by Jacqueline DiChiara

Along with the fiftieth anniversary of Medicare comes reflection. A recent series of writings within the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (JPandS) highlights numerous flaws within medicine and the greater healthcare...

CMS Releases Medicaid CHIP Eligibility Enrollment Report

by Jacqueline DiChiara

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released new information to assist states with Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment. CMS concurrently released the June 2015 monthly report...

Readers Debate the Affordable Care Act’s Anticipated Impact

by Jacqueline DiChiara

Is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a beautiful success, a gut-wrenching failure, or a complexly vague combination of both? Simply put, opinions are mixed. Some across the healthcare industry confirm various ACA successes – more uninsured...

Hospitals Dodge Financial Penalty with Medicare ACA Loophole

by Jacqueline DiChiara

According to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals demonstrating low quality measures face financial penalties under Medicare. However, due to a discovered loophole as confirmed within a new Health Affairs study, hospitals are...

Congress Urged to Repeal Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac Tax

by Jacqueline DiChiara

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “Cadillac Tax” – applying to employers offering healthcare plans that are more than double the average contribution – is a 40 percent non-deductible tax beginning in 2018 on the cost...

How to Address Bundled Payment Cost Reduction Challenges

by Jacqueline DiChiara

As per the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin applying a value-based payment program under the physician fee schedule within the year in association with budget neutrality. This November,...

Survey Highlights Changing Primary Care Practice Environment

by Jacqueline DiChiara

Primary care providers confirm mixed opinions regarding healthcare changes to healthcare delivery and payment within the primary care practice environment, states a new survey from the Commonwealth Fund and The Kaiser Family Foundation. Although...

ACA Community Health Center Funds Increase Quality of Care

by Sara Heath

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), community health centers have seen tremendous growth, receiving funding to expand their services and healthcare sites to provide help to more individuals who may otherwise go without care. In honor of National...

Does Improved Care Access, Insurance Coverage Stem from ACA?

by Jacqueline DiChiara

Can the Affordable Care Act (ACA) be considered a success? According to data analysis published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, the answer is a hearty yes. Although the time prior to the ACA’s initial enrollment period...

Unreliable Health Plan Provider Directories Burden Providers

by Jacqueline DiChiara

Under the establishment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of people have enrolled in new health insurance plans via the health insurance marketplace. When signing up for these new plans, consumers rely on information provided to them...

Medicare, Affordable Care Act Spending Discussion Continues

by Jacqueline DiChiara

Medicare and the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) financial future is perhaps nothing more than a cyclone of ever-evolving opinions. A recent RevCycleIntelligence.com article, Will Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans Stabilize, has been...

Healthcare Spending to Rise Despite Lack of Patient Input

by Sara Heath

Healthcare spending is expected to climb to enormous heights by 2024, according to a recent news release by the Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom (CCHF). According to Twila Brase, R.N and Co-Founder and President of CCHF, these rising...

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