Colorado’s HB 13-1290 Moves to Senate

  The Colorado House of Representatives brought HB 13-1290 to the floor for a final vote on Monday April 22. It passed the House and has now been sent to the Colorado Senate. It is currently awaiting a hearing date in the Senate Health Committee.  As previously reported, HB 13-1290, s
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Minnesota hospitals bash new Blues payment policy

Minnesota Hospital Association says rural hospitals, in particular, will be pushed into deep red ink A new Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota payment policy will cost hospitals millions of dollars and push many small, rural hospitals “into deep, deep red ink,” the Min
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States Spend $28M, Then Leave Exchanges To The Feds

Late last year, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced that her state would not build its own online insurance marketplace, a pillar of the Affordable Care Act, because there were too many unknowns. What Brewer didn’t say was that her state had spent $9 million in federal money to reach th
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Benefits in federal health reform may not entice small businesses

The federal Affordable Care Act kept the nation’s employer-based health insurance system intact – and that decision may leave small business struggling to provide health care to their employees. The Affordable Care Act tries to fill cracks in the employer-based system, so that more pe
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No, Congress isn’t trying to exempt itself from Obamacare

There’s a Politico story making the rounds that says that members of Congress are engaged in secret, sensitive negotiations to exempt themselves and their staffs from Obamacare. Well, they were secret, anyway. The story has blown up on Twitter. “Unbelievable,” tweets TPM’s Brian Beutl
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Cigna to cover telehealth doctor consults

Cigna will begin offering telehealth consultations to some of its members next  year after reaching a deal with MDLive, a Florida-based telehealth company. Under the agreement, members of Cigna’s self-insured employer groups will have  access to 24/7 consultations, whether throu
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FAQs about the the Affordable Care Act Implementation Part XIV

Set out below are additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding implementation of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act. These FAQs have been prepared jointly by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments
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SIIA Submits Opposition Letter in Advance of Key Hearing

April 25, 2013 – The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) today submitted a formal opposition letter to legislation in California that would effectively eliminate the self-insurance option for smaller employer in that state by restricting the availability of stop-los
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Mayo Clinic’s Upmarket Move

Hospitals Compete for Well-Heeled Patients as Employers Trim Health Spending ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Mayo Clinic has big plans to join other top-flight medical centers in an expensive fight for well-heeled patients, but it faces a problem: Its sleepy hometown needs a face-lift. Mayo, the
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Study: Hospitals ‘Profit Handsomely’ From Surgical Errors

Hospitals nearly triple their profits when they make surgical errors, compared to how much they make when patients don’t suffer harm, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). On average, the hospitals studied reaped an extra $30,500
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