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Gridlock vs. the Greater Good

Christopher Cheney, Editor for HealthLeaders Media

In a flurry of activity in Washington and New Hampshire, two sets of lawmakers addressed a broken physician pay system and poor seniors without health insurance. Guess which group got gridlocked and which one rendered a public service that will actually help people. >>>


Editor's Picks

Obama Quietly Signs SGR Patch Bill

The new law delays both the implementation of theICD-10 set and the so-called two-midnights rule, which affects hospital reimbursements. The law also includes critical funding extensions for rural hospitals. >>>

WellPoint CEO: Healthcare Revolution Under Way

Joe Swedish says a revolution in healthcare is heating up and it will be dependent on a rapidly evolving tech landscape through big data, social networks, and personal connectivity. >>>

Payers Scramble to Set 2015 HIX Premium Rates

The clock is ticking and insurers operating on the new public health insurance exchanges have just two months to gather data on 2014 enrollees to help guide decisions on business plans for 2015. >>>

Latest ICD-10 Delay Re-shuffles the Deck, Irritates Players

Another year-long delay in the deadline for implementation of the ICD-10 medical coding set spells frustration for vendors and providers. "This is bad," says CHIME president and CEO Russ Branzell. >>>

MSPB Adds Nuance to Readmission Rates

A new measure of healthcare efficiency, Medicare spending per beneficiary, is another pain point for healthcare leaders, but it aims to incentivize higher-quality, less-costly care. >>>

Patient Volumes, Patterns Shifting

Reduced inpatient admissions and readmissions are having a corresponding effect on hospital and health system revenues, with question marks over reimbursements. Hospitals are bracing for impact. >>>

Hospitals Take the Lead in Push for Medicaid Expansion

For years, hospitals have complained about low Medicaid payment rates. Now hospital associations are leading the fight to expand Medicaid to millions of low-income adults in two dozen states that have yet to embrace expansion. >>>

News Headlines

White House: 7.1 million have signed up under ACA

USA Today, April 2, 2014

Opinion: Here's why it doesn't matter that 7M signed up for Obamacare

The Washington Post, April 2, 2014

US insurers fear backlash over new Obamacare rate increases

Reuters, April 2, 2014

Community health centers may provide services for those who remain uninsured

Kaiser Health News, April 2, 2014 stumbles twice on deadline day

The Washington Post, April 1, 2014

ICD-10: Painful to implement, painful to delay

InformationWeek, April 1, 2014

The ACA enrollment surge, by the numbers

The Washington Post, April 1, 2014

Healthcare spending growth hits 10-year high

USA Today, March 31, 2014

Obamacare: CA proving new healthcare law can work

San Jose Mercury News, March 31, 2014

Why Americans like Obamacare (and why they don't) — in two charts

The Washington Post, March 28, 2014

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