Regional News/South: Mississippi Blues seeks to halt gov’s HMA order

By Modern Healthcare Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is backing hospital chain Health Management Associates in its spat with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. The governor issued an executive order to force the insurer to include HMA’s hospitals in its network. Now the Blu
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HMA holds firm in feud with Mississippi Blues over coverage network

By Beth Kutscher Health Management Associates is holding firm in a dispute with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi that led the insurance giant to drop HMA’s 10 hospitals in the state from its coverage network. Although BCBS recently said it would reinstate four hospitals
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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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Why Do Some States Spend More on Health Care?

One of the interesting features of the Affordable Care Act is that reform basically takes place at the state level. Yet the states are very different. Some spend more than twice as much on health care as others, as a percent of state income. For example, health care spending in three
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