The 2012 Milliman Medical Index finds that the
average family of four now pays $20,728 for a preferred provider
plan, an increase of 6.9% from 2011.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) proposes in today's Wall Street
Journal a "grand swap" in which "the
federal government would take over 100% of Medicaid, the federal
health-care program mainly for low-income Americans, and states
would assume all responsibility for the nation's 100,000 public
HHS unveiled a new web-based tool – dubbed the Health
System Measurement Project – that "brings
together datasets from across the federal government that span
topical areas, such as access to care, cost and affordability,
prevention and health information technology. It presents these
indicators by population characteristics, such as age, sex, income
level, insurance coverage, and geography."
The star ratings system for Medicare Advantage plans established
under the Affordable Care Act fails to reward quality plans due to
delays in publication and criteria that don't necessarily
target seniors' needs, according to a new report released by the American Action
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Whether you are an employer that provides health insurance for your employees, a business in the growing healthcare industry, a hospital, or other medical provider—or you provide services to any of those entities—you need to know about changes to the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Marilyn Tavenner received bipartisan support from members of the Senate Committee on Finance in her confirmation hearing to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) though a full Senate vote is being held up, the president released his FY 2014 budget proposal with health care reform and specified reimbursement reductions to providers and manufacturers totaling $400 billion over 10 years sprinkled throughout it, and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius
The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services has recently issued an updated Special Advisory Bulletin on the Effect of Exclusion from Participation in Federal Health Care Programs.
On Tuesday, the North Carolina legislature has enacted into law, pending the governor's signature, a prohibition on the use of most favored nations clauses in contracts between commercial health insurers and providers.