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Reducing Waiting Times in the Emergency Department via “Diversion”

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In the past 25 years, demand for emergency healthcare in the United States has exploded, pushing capacity-strained emergency departments across the country to the limit and prompting organizations from the National Academy of Medicine to the GAO to label the American emergency care system "in crisis." Between 1992 and 2012, emergency room utilizati...
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Four Strategies to Reduce ER Overcrowding

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Overcrowded emergency rooms are common in hospitals across the country, but several key strategies unite the facilities that are most effectively tackling this problem, according to a new study. Researchers stratified hospitals into three groups based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: highest-performing , high-performin...
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Number of Brokers, Agents Selling ACA Coverage Drops Almost 25%

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Insurance agent and broker participation in Affordable Care Act enrollment ( see article below for details ), according to a report released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this week. Currently, 42 percent of ACA enrollees receive help through insurance agents or brokers. Last year, 65,300 agents and brokers helped...
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Is Screen Time Bad for Children’s Mental Health?

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When Does Screen Time Become Harmful for Adolescents? 3 Experts Break Down Research Many parents are concerned about how much time their children spend on cellphones, Xboxes and other digital media. Some experts say they should be: There is a growing body of research showing an association between unhappiness and the time adolescents spend on digit...
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Two Perspectives of Health Plans with Fewer Mandated Benefits

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Last week, the administration issued a rule allowing access to health plans that don't meet certain requirements of the ACA. These products—which don't have to offer the comprehensive benefits that ACA plans do—will be available to small businesses and the self-employed. And Mr. Trump is expected next to lift limits on the duration of short-term in...
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Government Limiting Physician’s Patient Opioid Treatment

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As the number of deaths from opioid overdoses continues to climb in the U.S., the administration is considering legislation aimed at reducing the number of prescriptions being written for the painkillers. On average, overdoses of prescription opioids kill about 46 Americans a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That nu...
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Health Savings Accounts for Everyone

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If HSAs Were Universal It Could Raise the Cap to $7,350 and Drive Competition Health-care reform is progressing under this administration; The individual mandate is nullified. The administration has permitted more low-cost "limited duration" insurance plans, and more small businesses now have access to association health plans. The next step should...
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Health Coverage at Work? Lawsuit Against ACA Could Affect You, Too

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Millions of people who get health insurance through their job could face waiting periods for coverage or find that specific medical conditions aren't immediately covered if the courts back a request by the Trump administration to toss key provisions of the ACA ( The provisions targeted by the Justice Department include the bans on insurers denying ...
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What Latest Health-Law Case Means for Insurance Markets

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Uncertainty of Plans, Prices for 2019 - Longer Term - New Winners & Losers Consumers and insurers face new uncertainty with the Justice Department's assertion this week that key provisions of the Affordable Care Act are invalid. In a brief ( see Justice Department below ) filed on 6-7-18, the Justice Department asked a federal court to unwind t...
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Administration’s ACA Stance Could Cause Problems

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The insurance industry trade group America's Health Insurance Plans warned that eliminating ACA's major protections would be "destabilizing" to the market and drive premiums even higher. AHIP signaled it will file an amicus brief in the case, officially siding with a group of states that have stepped in to defend the law's constitutionality. The ad...
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