Tag Archives: healthcare reform

4 Times More Americans Enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplaces in November Than October

Nearly 365,000 Americans selected plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) in October and November, and enrollment in November was more than four times greater than October’s reported federal enrollment number, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Almost 2 million … finish reading 4 Times More Americans Enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplaces in November Than October

Posted in affordable care act, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Marketplaces, Healthcare Reform | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

New CMS Data Sharing Tool Provides Remote Access to Medicare Data

Designed to make the healthcare system more transparent and accountable, CMS’s new Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC) promises secure, timely access to data at a lower cost, according to CMS. Part of the administration’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative, … finish reading New CMS Data Sharing Tool Provides Remote Access to Medicare Data

Posted in affordable care act, Improving Patient Care, Medicaid, Medicare | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Cigna Survey: Women Confident Now, Yet Worried about Future Health Concerns

Women are confident in their ability to choose the right health plan, but they’re fearful about their future needs, according to a new national survey from Cigna. Affording healthcare coverage within their household budget, caring for elderly parents and not … finish reading Cigna Survey: Women Confident Now, Yet Worried about Future Health Concerns

Posted in affordable care act, Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Law, Healthcare Reform | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Significant Choice and Lower than Expected Premiums Available in New Health Insurance Marketplace

Increased competition in the health insurance marketplace will lead to multiple and affordable choices for consumers, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Individuals in the 36 states where HHS will fully or partly run the online … finish reading Significant Choice and Lower than Expected Premiums Available in New Health Insurance Marketplace

Posted in Health Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

New Report Challenges Basic Assumptions About Healthcare Payment Reform

Improving the quality and affordability of healthcare in the United States isn’t about finding the right mix of rewards and punishments for patients and clinicians, according to a new report from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, Inc. (HCI3®), in … finish reading New Report Challenges Basic Assumptions About Healthcare Payment Reform

Posted in Comprehensive Primary Care Programs, Healthcare Reform | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Health Centers Get Boost to Guide Uninsured Americans Toward Affordable Health Coverage

Over 1100 health centers across the country have received funds to enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the ACA, according to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The agency has allocated $150 million … finish reading Health Centers Get Boost to Guide Uninsured Americans Toward Affordable Health Coverage

Posted in Health Insurance, Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Reform, Healthcare Spending, Medicaid, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

White House Gives Employers More Time to Comply with Coverage Mandate

Employer concerns about adhering to ACA’s health insurance mandate by the January 2014 deadline have prompted the White House to extend the deadline and change the reporting process, according to a White House blog posted by Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor … finish reading White House Gives Employers More Time to Comply with Coverage Mandate

Posted in Alternative Healthcare Coverage, Healthcare Law, Healthcare Reform | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Historic Slowdown in Healthcare Spending Projected for 2014

Healthcare spending is expected to drop to 6.5 percent in 2014, despite millions of newly insured expected under the ACA in 2014, according to PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI). In its annual report, Medical Cost Trend: Behind the Numbers, the … finish reading Historic Slowdown in Healthcare Spending Projected for 2014

Posted in Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Reform | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Joint Commission to Offer Behavioral Health Home Certification Option in 2014

The Joint Commission will offer a new Behavioral Health Home Certification option beginning in January 2014, as part of a nationwide effort to expand and improve healthcare services. Behavioral health homes integrate physical and behavioral healthcare services to provide treatment … finish reading Joint Commission to Offer Behavioral Health Home Certification Option in 2014

Posted in Avoidable Hospitalization, Behavioral Health, Disease Management, Elderly Care | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

24 States and D.C. Select Benchmark Health Insurance Plans That Meet Essential Health Benefit Requirement

Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have chosen a benchmark health insurance plan that meets the ACA’s essential health benefit requirement, which is scheduled to begin January 2014, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study. Researchers found that 19 … finish reading 24 States and D.C. Select Benchmark Health Insurance Plans That Meet Essential Health Benefit Requirement

Posted in Healthcare Quality and Access, Healthcare Reform, Improving Patient Care | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment