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Request for Navigator Info an Impediment to HIX

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Under the guise of better "understanding the work" health insurance exchange navigators will perform, a request from some GOP members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee carries the whiff of political motivation. >>>


Editor's Picks

Healthcare-Associated Infection Costs Detailed

Surgical site infections are the most frequently occurring HAI, accounting for one-third of the annual cost or about $3.3 billion. But central line-associated bloodstream infections are the most expensive, researchers report. >>>

Injuries Linked to Da Vinci Surgeries Underreported, Researchers Say

Only 245 cases of patient harm in surgeries using the Da Vinci robot system have been reported to the FDA since 2000. The figure seems "very, very low" to researchers, who have identified eight cases of patient harm or death that were not in the FDA's database. >>>

Lawmakers Seek 'PAC' Reform

Two Congressional committees are exploring the notion of post-acute care reform which may require further development of quality measures and refinement of assessment tools. >>>

Hospital Leadership 'Success,' Redefined

Healthcare consolidation is changing and eliminating the role of the hospital CEO. But there are still opportunities for strong leaders—they're just not always going to come with the title of CEO attached to them. >>>

Medicare Reform Strategy Floated by House Committees

A series of papers describing Medicare policy reform proposals is expected to be released over the coming months by the House Energy & Commerce and House Ways & Means committees. >>>

7 in 10 Workers Await Benefits Info as Deadline Nears

By law, employers must notify employees of health insurance benefits policy changes and coverage options by October 1. But a survey shows that 69% of workers have not yet received communications about any benefit policy changes. >>>

HIX Final Rule Details Payment, Appeals Standards

The final rule on health insurance exchanges sets forth standards for agent and broker participation in government-facilitated insurance marketplaces. It also requires qualified health plans that issue exchange products "to accept a variety of payment methods." >>>

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News Headlines

SSM Health Care OKs Dean Health Systems purchase

News & Observer / Associated Press, September 4, 2013

ME sells bonds to pay off $183M in hospital debt

Bangor Daily News, September 4, 2013

Employers weigh health care costs, penalties

USA Today / The Tennessean, September 3, 2013

WA ranks 2nd in nation in uninsured growth

Kaiser Health News / The Seattle Times, September 3, 2013

Labor union frustration boils over with president on Obamacare

The Hill, September 3, 2013

House Republican lawmakers to review Obamacare navigators

Bloomberg, September 3, 2013

IRS ruling on same-sex couples has implications for health law

Kaiser Health News, September 3, 2013

Premium increases under Obamacare may be overstated

Bloomberg, August 30, 2013

Don Berwick's newest phase: Candidate, but still Dr. Quality

Kaiser Health News / WBUR, August 30, 2013

Aetna pulls out of another Obamacare health exchange

Reuters, August 30, 2013

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