Small businesses need stop-loss policy protections

By Jim Kunz / President, Mega Corp Inc. New Mexico runs on small business. Ninety-five percent of the state’s firms have fewer than 100 employees. Unfortunately, these businesses are struggling. Last year, state regulators began enforcing a 20-year-old law that effectively bars small
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Obamacare’s sinking safety net

By Paul Demko As millions get covered, a POLITICO investigation finds that dozens of the insurers that the health care law depends on are losing money and even abandoning the system. Can it be fixed? Read more…
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Healthcare spending growth rate rises again in 2015

By Bob Herman Government agencies, companies and consumers spent a lot more on healthcare in 2015 than the prior year. It’s another result of the U.S. reducing its uninsured rate to historic lows through healthcare reform, which has spurred demand for more hospital services, cli
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Obama Offers Ways to Improve His Health Care Law

By ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON — After defending the Affordable Care Act in all its intricacies for six years, President Obama proposed ways to improve it on Monday, saying that Congress should provide larger subsidies for private health insurance and create a public plan like Medicare to
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Health systems urge Senate to revamp or repeal Stark law

By Virgil Dickson Executives of large health systems told Congress on Tuesday that an anti-kickback law could hinder value-based payment models. Read more…
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Obama calls for ‘public option’ for Obamacare

By Tami Luhby In an article published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the president called for Congress to revisit the “public option” for Obamacare in areas where few insurers offer coverage. Read more…
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7 recent hospital transactions and partnerships

Written by Ayla Ellison The following healthcare mergers, acquisitions and general partnerships took place or were announced in the past week. Read more…
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Second Quarter Newsletter 2016 – The Stacks

 The Tangled Web of Contracts in the Self-Funding World, by Adam V. Russo, Esq. As a lawyer tuned into the world of self-funding for employee benefit plans, many people assume that all I need to understand is ERISA law and affordable care act regulations. This is hardly the case. In f
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Why hospitals are so mad about Medicare’s proposed site-neutral payment policy

By Shannon Muchmore  | July 9, 2016 Hospitals are livid about the Obama administration’s plans to eliminate their Medicare payments for services at new off-campus outpatient departments, saying it ignores the intent of Congress and will limit access to care. Read more…
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Connecticut Attorney General Raises Concerns Over Anthem-Cigna Deal

Hartford Courant (CT) July 08–Attorney General George Jepsen raised concerns Thursday about competition in the health care industry if the $54 billion deal in which Anthem Inc. would acquire Cigna Corp. ultimately wins approval from federal regulators. Read more…
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