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Private Medicaid expansion could lead to poor outcomes

As states continue to create their own versions of private Medicaid expansion, some advocates believe the approach could inhibit the overall effectiveness of the Medicaid program, Stateline reported.

House OKs temporary SGR fix with ICD-10 delay

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for one year in a bill that also delays ICD-10 implementation until at least October 2015 and postpones hospital compliance with the controversial "two-midnight rule" and recovery audits of medically unnecessary claims until March 2015.

Hospital CIOs rip ICD-10 delay in SGR patch legislation

Hospital CIOs are not happy that lawmakers may push out ICD-10 implementation another year, should the Senate approve the latest proposed legislation to delay physician Medicare reimbursement cuts under the sustainable growth rate formula; the House approved the bill in a last-minute voice vote early Thursday.

House approves temporary SGR fix

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for one year in a bill that also delays ICD-10 implementation until at least October 2015 and postpones hospital compliance with the controversial "two-midnight rule"and recovery audits of medically unnecessary claims until March 2015.

Qualified consumers receive $10B in premium subsidies

Consumers have qualified for nearly $10 billion in subsidies to help them purchase private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, finds a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

New regulations spur insurer concerns

Market conduct is keeping insurers up at night, according to a survey released today by Wolters Kluwer Financial Services. The survey of almost 300 insurance organizations indicated high-level concerns with privacy and data protection, electronic business transactions, as well as changes to state rate and form filing requirements.

Obama administration postpones enrollment deadline for some

The Obama administration formally announced it will allow some people who have already begun the process of enrolling in the federal exchange more time to complete their sign up.

FDA proposes to simplify med device classification process

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to simplify the way it classifies and reclassifies medical devices, opting to do so by administrative order rather the cumbersome rulemaking process.

Half of uninsured plan to go without coverage past deadline

As the March 31 deadline to enroll in health insurance approaches, half of people uninsured intend to remain uninsured, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

5 tips to prevent unauthorized recordings in your office

Smartphones are everywhere, making audio and visual recording easier than ever, even on the sly. But not all in-office recordings are bad, noted a recent article in  Medical Economics. Here are five tips for developing and enforcing your policy to ensure recording only takes place when authorized and with written permission.