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CMS Office of the Actuary Releases 2016 National Health Expenditures
Dec 6, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary has released a study on overall national health spending. The study includes spending growth trends for private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, and out-of-pocket consumer costs.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Rural Hospitals Balk as Insurers Narrow Coverage Sites
Dec 1, 2017 - Focuses on a specific Critical Access Hospital in Indiana to highlight the impact of a change in health insurance policy. Some health insurers no longer pay for outpatient MRI and CT scans unless they are done in free-standing imaging centers, which are typically less expensive. However, because hospitals have to have their imaging machines available at all times for emergencies, sending patients elsewhere can significantly affect their bottom lines, especially for small and rural hospitals. Additionally, this rule may force patients to travel further for care. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019 Federal Register
Nov 2, 2017 - Proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) setting forth payment parameters and provisions related to risk adjustments, cost-sharing reductions, and user fees for federally-facilitated and state-based Exchanges. Proposed changes seek to enhance state flexibility in determining essential health benefits (EHBs), certifying qualified health plans (QHPs), and establishing Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchanges. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on November 27, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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EOP: Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States Federal Register
Oct 17, 2017 - Executive order designed to facilitate the purchase of health insurance across state lines, increase health plan choice and competition, and improve access to affordable healthcare by focusing on three main areas: association health plans (AHPs), short-term, limited duration insurance (STLDI), and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).
Source: Federal Register
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