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  • The law known as Obamacare, President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, provides federally subsidized private coverage through new online insurance marketplaces and an expansion of Medicaid in 26 states and Washington, D.C..

  • APNewsBreak: Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 1:07 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.

  • NY's Medicaid covering post-birth contraceptives Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Emboldened and incensed by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision limiting certain contraceptive coverage in the private sector, New York health officials moved forward Thursday with a plan to provide contraceptive devices to low-income women who don't want to get pregnant soon after giving birth.

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- The Obama administration on Friday backed down on restrictions of private insurance coverage for hospice drugs under Medicare, saying the regulations were preventing some terminally ill patients from having access to medicine.

  • WASHINGTON, July 11- New enrollments in Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and other healthcare programs for the poor have reached 6.7 million people since the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms last year, the administration said on Friday.

  • The SEC said it is examining whether material nonpublic information concerning an April 1, 2013 announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of 2014 reimbursement rates for a Medicare program was leaked improperly, and whether anyone traded on that information.

  • WASHINGTON, June 20- President Barack Obama's new health secretary moved swiftly on Friday to shore up administration oversight of Obamacare with a series of management changes to address weaknesses blamed for last year's crash of the federal website, HealthCare.gov.

  • WASHINGTON, June 20- President Barack Obama's new health secretary moved swiftly on Friday to shore up administration oversight of Obamacare with a series of management changes to address weaknesses blamed for last year's crash of the federal website, HealthCare.gov.

  • WASHINGTON, June 20- The Obama administration on Friday announced the creation of a new chief executive position to oversee operations of the federal Obamacare marketplace that provides private health insurance to consumers in 36 U.S. states.

  • NEW YORK, May 29- A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a U.S. government lawsuit accusing Novartis AG of civil fraud for having conducted two illegal kickback schemes to boost sales of drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

  • WICHITA, Kan., May 29, 2014-- Pulse Systems, Inc., an industry-leading provider of Electronic Health Record, Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management solutions, announced today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has named Pulse's Physician Quality Reporting System a qualified registry for 2014. Pulse's PQRS Registry enables Eligible Professionals to seamlessly report specific quality measures through the Pulse Complete EHR or PulsePro Practice Management solutions to earn incentive payments from CMS.

  • NEW YORK, May 29- Three Connecticut doctors billed Medicare for nearly 24,000 drug tests in 2012- on just 145 patients. Despite the extraordinary number, Medicare administrators paid the doctors a total of $1.4 million, according to a Reuters analysis of government payments to health providers.

  • WATERTOWN, Mass., May 28, 2014-- athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record, practice management, and care coordination, today announced the 2014 PayerView ® Report, an annual report that leverages athenahealth's cloud-based data across its national network of health care providers to deliver unprecedented insight into the provider-payer relationship.

  • FACTBOX-RPT-Paying for Sovaldi in the United States Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    *Commercial insurers and Medicare Part D providers such as Express Scripts accounted for 90 percent of the more than $2 billion spent on Sovaldi in the United States during the first quarter, according to Gilead.

  • FACTBOX-Paying for Sovaldi in the United States Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    *Commercial insurers and Medicare Part D providers such as Express Scripts accounted for 90 percent of the more than $2 billion spent on Sovaldi in the United States during the first quarter, according to Gilead.

  • PHILADELPHIA, May 20, 2014-- Independence Blue Cross announced today that as of April 30, 2014, more than 165,000 individuals in southeastern Pennsylvania purchased the insurer's coverage through the Pennsylvania federal Marketplace or directly through the company during the first open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Of the more than 165,000 individuals enrolled in Independence's new health plans that meet the requirements of the ACA, 80 percent enrolled through the federal Marketplace, healthcare.gov.

  • Despite an estimated $8- $10 million negative revenue impact from severe weather and Medicare reimbursement cuts, Adjusted EBITDA increased 8.2%, from $25.6 million in the first quarter of 2013 to $27.7 in the first quarter of 2014 Implementation from the previously announced $30 million cost savings initiatives enhanced operating margins Same-center revenue from centers not impacted by the east coast extreme weather conditions increased 4.2% from last year's first quarter Procedural volumes are benefitting from the over 8 million enrollees in state and privately managed health insurance exchanges, including over 1.4 million enrollees in California Completed the refinancing of its junior debt capital during the quarter, yielding over $5 million of annual interest cost savings, increasing financial flexibility and extending maturities Ignoring the loss from debt extinguishment associated with the refinancing, RadNet narrowed its net loss by approximately $300 thousand as compared to the first quarter of 2013 Recognized approximately $1.8 million in Meaningful Use incentives from the implementation of its Information Technology solutions; RadNet expects to recognize up to an additional $6 million of these incentives over the next three years Updated 2014 guidance levels, increasing Adjusted EBITDA, lowering cash interest expense and increasing free cash flow levels.

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- The Obama administration on Thursday predicted stable health insurance costs for consumers who have purchased Obamacare plans, defying critics who warn that President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law will lead to skyrocketing premiums.

  • The total includes 8 million people who selected private plans through state and federal insurance marketplaces and another 4.8 million who enrolled in the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program, two government programs that serve lower income Americans.

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- As the U.S. economy teetered on the brink of contraction in the first quarter, one thing stood out. "GDP growth would have... been negative were it not for healthcare spending," said Harm Bandholz, chief economist at UniCredit Research in New York.