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How a Gap in Health Insurance Coverage Affects Care

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Lousy insurance isn't necessarily better than no insurance. And a break in insurance coverage can set a person on a slippery slope where preventive care is often skipped, The Commonwealth Fund reports. What if the Supreme Court strikes down the ACA in whole or in part? >>>


Editor's Picks

Hospitals Find Solutions for the No-Pay Self-Pay Patient

Efforts to help uninsured patients achieve healthcare coverage can be uneven, leaving medical providers and patients clamoring for solutions to a complex bureaucracy that stymies their abilities to access reimbursement. >>>

Leapfrog Issues Hospital Safety Report Cards

To identify which hospitals are the most and least likely to cause avoidable patient harm, The Leapfrog Group is generating report cards with letter grades—"one score that any consumer can understand before they walk into the door of a hospital." But the American Hospital Association calls many of the measures used by Leapfrog to evaluate safety "flawed." >>>

ACA Funding Threatened by House Committee Vote

A vote by the Republican-dominated House Ways & Means Committee has set the stage for the full House to consider repealing the excise tax on medical devices and the use of health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter remedies such as cough syrup and pain killers. >>>

Health Savings Accounts, High-Deductible Plans Jump 18%

Some 13.5 million Americans had health savings accounts and high-deductible health insurance plans in 2012, an increase of 18% from 2011, according to the latest annual census from America's Health Insurance Plans. >>>

13 Hospitals Fined for Immediate Jeopardy Violations in CA

Penalties totaling $825,000 are levied against California hospitals in the latest disciplinary actions against acute care facilities that either caused or were likely to cause harm to patients, state officials say. >>>

1 in 3 Medi-Cal Enrollees Delay Care on Cost Concerns

In what may be viewed as a national bellwether, a survey of Medi-Cal enrollees shows that one in five patients don't think the California Medicaid program provides access to high quality medical care and another 10% aren't sure. >>>

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Medical Home—Prime Your Organization for Launch

Date: June 15, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Is establishing a medical home the right fit for your organization? Move beyond the buzz and learn from experts about the realities of assessing readiness and preparing for medical homes, including physician buy-in and reimbursement structure. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast with a Q&A, an online forum, a takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>

News Headlines

Hospital billing shifting the cost to Medicare patients

Politico, June 6, 2012

Healthcare court ruling could paralyze Medicare

Reuters, June 6, 2012

Health reform gets messy in MA

Politico, June 5, 2012

Poll: Only 36 percent of Americans support the ACA

The Atlantic, June 5, 2012

Reshaping Medicaid care to affect many

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 4, 2012

'Historically' Low Healthcare Spending Growth Predicted for 2013

HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2012

WI healthcare systems revamping payment methods

Journal Sentinel, June 1, 2012

State health insurance exchanges choke on health IT

InformationWeek, June 1, 2012

Aetna CEO says Supreme Court won't drop entire health law

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, May 31, 2012

Slideshow: Emergency Departments Focus on Flow

HealthLeaders Media Staff, May 31, 2012

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