Court rules HHS’ proposed strategy to relieve Medicare appeals backlog ‘inadequate’

By Brooke Murphy The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia concluded HHS’ proposed strategies to alleviate the Medicare appeals backlog are insufficient and so will allow the American Hospital Association’s litigation against HHS to proceed, according to Lexolog
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Secretary Burwell: HHS attempting to increase marketplace participation

Written by Morgan Haefner HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Thursday the department is making operational changes and meeting with insurers to stimulate competition in Affordable Care Act marketplaces, especially those facing limited health plan options next year, Kaiser Health News r
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HHS: Medicaid expansion under Affordable Care Act improves health, financial stability

By Rafi Naseer HHS reported that 93% of new Medicaid enrollees are satisfied with their health care plans, and 92% are satisfied with their doctors. In addition, 78% of new enrollees state that they would be unable to access regular care if not for the Affordable Care Act. Read more&#
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Court Strikes Down Obama Health Care Rule on Insurance Standards

By Robert Pear WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has ruled that consumers must be allowed to buy certain types of health insurance that do not meet the stringent standards of the Affordable Care Act, deciding that the administration had gone beyond the terms of federal law. Read mo
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Federal regulators may try to kill critical illness insurance

Jun 09, 2016 | By Allison Bell Obama administration officials want to limit use of short-term health insurance in the United States to periods of three months or less. Officials are also thinking about the possibility of banning the sale of critical illness policies and other policies
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29 hospitals appeal decision over Medicare outlier payments

By Lisa Schencker  | May 23, 2016 Twenty-nine hospitals are appealing a judge’s ruling last year over outlier payments to hospitals for particularly expensive patients. The hospitals had challenged regulations governing outlier payments for fiscal years 1997 through 2007, saying
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Highmark Sues U.S. Over Affordable Care Act

By Anna Wilde Mathews Major insurer Highmark Inc. is suing the federal government, arguing it is owed money under the Affordable Care Act, a move that opens yet another front in the continuing legal battles over the 2010 health law. Read more…
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HHS finalizes rule to improve health equity under the Affordable Care Act

HHS.gov Final rule prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability; enhances language assistance for individuals with limited English proficiency; and protects individuals with disabilities The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today
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HHS wants to redesign the medical billing system

By Amanda Ziadeh The Department of Health and Human Services wants to improve hospital billing with a simpler invoice and improving patients’ experience with the overall medical billing process. HHS announced its “A Bill You Can Understand” design and innovation challenge at the Healt
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Did the Affordable Care Act Lower Medicare Spending?

By Vera Gruessner The Affordable Care Act has brought a tremendous amount of benefits for the American people since it has reduced the number of uninsured citizens to below 10 percent. The Affordable Care Act and other regulatory changes were meant to reform the healthcare industry an
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