• 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.

  • Wisconsin releases new Medicaid enrollment numbers Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— More than 60 percent of the people in Wisconsin who lost state Medicaid coverage earlier this year did not purchase private insurance through the online marketplace, according to official data released Wednesday.

  • 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 implementation of the health insurance expansion elements of the Affordable Care Act, including expanded Medicaid eligibility in some states and the opening of the public health insurance exchanges, did little to boost patient volumes in 1 Q14.

  • Pat Quinn issued an executive order that said a group of Illinois residents who participate in a state Medicaid program for the developmentally disabled would be considered state workers for the sole purpose of unionization.

  • Nationwide Poll: Medicaid Gap is Confusing and Unfair Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 30, 2014/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- HealthPocket has released the results of a nationwide survey of consumer opinion regarding the gap where people can make too much for Medicaid eligibility but too little for Obamacare premium subsidy.

  • Tags combat fraud by leveraging HID Global and Near Field Communications technology to deliver a highly secure, Medicaid- compliant Electronic Visitor Verification. HID Trusted Tag Services™ turns NFC-enabled smartphones into trusted verification devices capable of delivering indisputable“ proof of presence” of the caregiver in the patient’ s home. Because no special equipment or applications are required, HID Trusted Tags are a cost-effective and user-friendly compliance solution..

  • --Hospital admissions, readmissions and ER visits decline--. --New agreement extends arrangement to Aetna Medicare members--. PURCHASE, N.Y.---- Proving that patients benefit when physicians and health plans share resources and work together, Aetna and the WESTMED Medical Group today announced results of the first year of their patient-centered medical home program.

  • Research by Katherine Swartz and John Graves offers strong evidence for why the ACA open enrollment period should be changed to align with the tax season.

  • WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare– a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors– commended the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for drawing increased attention to the need for greater fraud prevention programs within the Medicare program.

  • "ACE Kids Act of 2014" would help coordinate care to ensure optimal outcomes for children with medical complexity in Medicaid, while helping to contain costs. Approximately two-thirds of the 3 million children with medical complexity are covered by Medicaid, and represent nearly 40 percent of Medicaid costs for kids.

  • CHICAGO---- Fitch Ratings has upgraded the ratings of Universal Health Services, Inc. as follows:. The ratings apply to approximately $3.2 billion of debt outstanding at March 31, 2014. --UHS has continued to demonstrate a commitment to debt repayment, resulting in debt-to-EBITDA of 2.3 x at March 31, 2014 compared to 4.9 x at Dec. 31, 2010.

  • DENVER, June 24, 2014/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and a leading provider of kidney care services, today announced its 2014 end stage renal disease Quality Incentive Program results from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • 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.