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Industry Groups Weigh in on HHS' Drug Price Blueprint

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Organizations from across the healthcare industry weighed in on the administration's drug price blueprint in time for a Monday deadline. In May, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a request for information shortly after the president unveiled his administration's "American Patients First: plan to lower drug prices. In the policy blu...
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Administration Slashes Funds for ACA Outreach

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Most of the funding for an ACA outreach program is being cut by the administration, a move announced late Tuesday that touched off an angry response who called it another attempt to sabotage the health law. The program, which provides money to outreach groups urging people to sign up for plans on the ACA exchanges, will get $10 million in federal f...
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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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Administration Takes Definitive Swipe at ACA

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The Trump administration is freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year. At stake are billions in payments to insurers with sicker customers. The latest administration action could disrupt the Affordable Care Act, the health c...
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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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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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High Drug Prices Forcing Patients to Make Risky Choices

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The "broken" drug pricing system in the U.S. is forcing some patients to make decisions that can negatively impact their health, experts warn. One internist and associate executive director for The Permanente Medical Group, said an example of this is one of his congestive heart failure patients, who ended up in the emergency room because of poor ca...
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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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