Individual mandate exemption forms out

By Allison Bell The Obama administration has posted a collection of draft forms consumers can use to obtain an individual mandate exemption. Read more…
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Out of their comfort zone

Article Written by: Beth Kutscher    Taken From:  Modern Healthcare When DaVita, the country’s second-largest provider of kidney dialysis services, acquired multispecialty medical group HealthCare Partners in May 2012, the deal surprised observers because it seemed to take DaVit
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Will buyers visit exchanges?

Article Written by:  Jessica Zigmond   Taken From:  Modern Healthcare With less than 50 days until open enrollment begins on the state insurance exchanges, it looks as if Americans will have a place to shop for health coverage that offers standardized comprehensive benefits, transpare
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Study: Employees often pick lower-cost health plans

Article Taken From: Benefits Link   Article Written By:  Kelly Kennedy WASHINGTON — Sixty percent of employees allowed to choose between a traditional employer-sponsored health insurance plan and a cheaper, high-deductible or limited network plan opted for the lower prices, a st
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Obamacare Shoving Doctors Out of Private Practice

First went the dinosaurs, then the dodo. Are physicians in private practices next on the path to extinction? The trends show the numbers of physicians practicing privately are steadily dropping. Some blame Obamacare for pushing doctors out the door. Is this accusation based on fact or
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Bipartisan Center Offers Plan To Reduce Health Spending

Medicare beneficiaries would have access to better coordinated medical care and the current Medicare physician payment formula would be scrapped as part of a health care cost containment plan the Bipartisan Policy Center unveiled Thursday. The plan offers more than 50 recommendations
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HHS announces 89 new Accountable Care Organizations

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today, that as of July 1, 89 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) began serving 1.2 million people with Medicare in 40 states and Washington, D.C.  ACOs are organizations formed by groups of doctors and other h
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Implementing Health Reform: Moving Forward On Exchanges

The surge of Affordable Care Act implementation momentum that ended 2012 seems to be continuing into 2013. The ACA required HHS to determine by January 1, 2013, whether states are on track to have a state-based exchange operational by January 1, 2014, and to establish federal exchange
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Analysis: ACOs Could Have The Medicare Muscle To Transform Health System

A radical change just getting underway in the U.S. health system could transform how medical treatment has been paid for since Hippocrates made his first house call. But the new payment method faces conflicting dangers: either it won’t be strong enough to upend entrenched incent
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Next Steps for ACOs

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are networks of physicians and other providers that are held accountable for the cost and quality of the full continuum of care delivered to a group of patients. Read More..
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