Supreme Court to rule on federal employee health insurance

By Miracle Jones [JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order, PDF] in Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine if health care companies are precluded from recouping reimbursements under the Fed
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Massive change coming to state health care for poor

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey The federal government on Friday approved a sweeping overhaul of the state’s health care program for poor and low-income residents, pushing medical providers to better coordinate the care of nearly 2 million people. Read more…
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8 changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in 2017

By Ayla Ellison CMS issued its update to the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on Wednesday. The changes include a number of new policies that reflect a broader agencywide strategy to enhance quality, spend smarter and improve Americans’ health. Here are the eight most import
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The election and slowing drug sales: 6 things to know about the rocky week for big pharma

By Mackenzie Bean While many drug investors are growing nervous about the upcoming election, the most recent earnings season conjures up new concerns for the pharmaceutical industry in regard to the slowdown in sales of key blockbuster drugs, reported The Wall Street Journal. A main c
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Obamacare Hits a Pothole

By Paul Krugman For advocates of health reform, the story of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, has been a wild roller-coaster ride. First there was the legislative drama, with reform seemingly on the edge of collapse right up to the moment of passage. Then there was the initi
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Health Law Tax Penalty? I’ll Take It, Millions Say

By Robert Pear WASHINGTON — The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people — even young and healthy ones — to buy insurance through the law’s online marketplaces: a tax penalty for those who remain uninsured. Read more…
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Seizing on Rising Costs, Trump Says Health Law Is ‘Over’

By Patrick Healy & Abby Goodnough Donald J. Trump, desperate for a winning political issue in the final two weeks of the presidential race, fiercely attacked Hillary Clinton on Tuesday over sharp premium increases that will hit some Americans covered under the Affordable Care Act.
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Rates Up 22 Percent For Obamacare Plans, But Subsidies Rise, Too

By Alison Kodjak The cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is expected to rise an average of 22 percent in 2017, according to information released by the Obama administration Monday afternoon. Still, federal subsidies will also rise, meaning that few people are likely
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FTC, DOJ guidance puts health system hiring practices in the crosshairs

By Ayla Ellison The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division issued guidance Oct. 20 for human resource professionals and others involved in hiring and compensation decisions. “Competition is essential to well-functioning markets, and job
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DaVita encouraged some low-income patients to enroll in commercial plans

By Samantha Liss Internal emails from DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. show the Denver-based company targeted some patients in a campaign to get them to buy insurance they didn’t necessarily need, saying their monthly premiums would be paid by a nonprofit foundation. Read more…
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