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  • SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., Dec. 10, 2013-- With the Affordable Care Act and other new legislative requirements imposing significant new financial burdens on private duty home care agencies, which will ultimately drive up the cost to consumers of obtaining in-home care, a non-profit group is alerting consumers to an alternative source for obtaining private home care for elderly family members.

  • WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 10, 2013-- BG Medicine, Inc. announced today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have published the final determination of the 2014 Medicare national limitation amount for the Company's galectin-3 blood test at the amount of a crosswalked test whose 2014 national limitation amount is $30.01.

  • ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2013-- AngioDynamics, a leading provider of innovative, minimally invasive medical devices for vascular access, surgery, peripheral vascular disease and oncology, announced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has created a new Ambulatory Payment Classification that includes both in-hospital endovenous radiofrequency treatments and in-hospital endovenous laser varicose vein ablation, such as the Company's VenaCure EVLT procedure.

  • MALVERN, Pa., Dec. 4, 2013-- BioTelemetry, Inc., the leading wireless medical technology company focused on the delivery of health information to improve quality of life and reduce cost of care, announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published a reduction to the reimbursement for remote cardiac monitoring services effective January 1, 2014.

  • Obamacare and the failed 1989 Medicare law Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 11:15 AM ET
    In 1988, President Ronald Reagan had grown wary of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, but his vice president, George Bush, saw political advantage in it.

    The history of federal health care is a tale of the hazards of presenting changes to consumers who might not want them. Take the 1989 Medicare law. The New York Times reports.

  • Lawmakers try to avoid getting hooked on subsidies Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 | 11:41 AM ET
    An enrollment sign for the Affordable Care Act at the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    Republican efforts to stop Obamacare are a throwback to past efforts by former lawmakers to stop other federal entitlement programs. The New York Times reports.

  • Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst (R), discusses the "broken system" under Medicaid right now, and Texas' efforts to cover the uninsured.

  • CMS: CIO Tony Trenkle stepping down  Wednesday, 6 Nov 2013 | 2:36 PM ET

    CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports CIO Tony Trenkle of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is stepping down November 15th.

  • Ryan questions CMS administrator on Capitol Hill  Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 | 10:57 AM ET

    Rep. Paul Ryan want to know there are ways to verify how many people have been offered employer sponsored insurance. "We have ways of verifying" if employer sponsored plans have been offered, says Marilyn Tavenner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator.

  • Troy, Oct. 28, 2013-- Advomas, a national industry leader in health care payer sourcing, has been awarded the designation of multi-state Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • What's pushing the doctor shortage?  Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 | 7:52 PM ET

    As it currently stands, Obamacare would create large-scale doctor shortages. Dr. Brad Allen, M.D. says compensation is down, and malpractice premiums are going up.

  • LINCOLN, Neb., Oct. 24, 2013-- As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, National Research Corporation is pleased to announce its approval by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services as a CAHPS ® survey provider for Accountable Care Organizations.

  • PHILADELPHIA, PA., Oct. 17, 2013-- Michael A. Rashid, president and chief executive officer of AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies and chairman of Medicaid Health Plans of America's board of directors, will lead other AmeriHealth Caritas executives in addressing hundreds of Medicaid and health care industry leaders at MHPA's annual conference October 21 and 22 at the Gaylord National Resort& Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

  • PerformRx is part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, a majority-owned subsidiary of Independence Blue Cross; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan holds a minority interest. The honor, in URAC's Care Coordination and Clinical Integration category, was announced during the 2013 Best Practices Awards Gala as part of URAC's Annual Quality Summit, held September 30– October 2, 2013 in Washington, D.C. This award recognizes the achievements of organizations that are effectively advancing the role of consumers as active participants in health care through care coordination and clinical integration best practices. "This year's Best Practices Awards winners are recognized for their leadership in driving innovation for the health care industry," said Kylanne Green, president and CEO of URAC.

  • PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 9, 2013-- The AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, a national leader in Medicaid managed care and other health care solutions for those most in need, announced today that it will offer a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan to dual eligible beneficiaries, as well as a Medicare Advantage Plan with Prescription Drug Coverage to eligible Medicare beneficiaries in the District of Columbia and select parishes in Louisiana.

  • The Select plan is one of eight comprehensive IBC options Medicare beneficiaries can choose during this year's annual enrollment period from October 15 to December 7, with benefits effective January 1, 2014. IBC is also pleased to announce that for 2014:.

  • Cost of low-cost health insurance: Fewer choices Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | 11:26 AM ET

    The new insurance marketplace will feature low cost smaller networks that advocates say may not provide suitable health care to plan members.

  • PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Sept. 16, 2013-- Coinciding with this week's National Health IT Week, the Smart Card Alliance Health and Human Services Council has announced its endorsement of the Medicare Common Access Card Act of 2013.

  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 10, 2013-- First off, there is no such thing as an "Obama Care Plan". Some will qualify for Medicaid, which is paid by the state and the Federal government. Individuals that make too much money for Medicaid, are self-employed, or do not get insurance from their jobs, must pay for their own insurance.

  • Plantation, FL, Aug. 1, 2013-- To help hospitals address the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program provision of the Affordable Healthcare Act, Health Revenue Assurance Holdings, Inc. has developed Readmissions Visualizer TM to improve and protect revenue by predicting which patients are at high risk for readmissions.