March 29 Operating margins at Arizona hospitals are declining despite a recent financial boost they got when the state expanded its Medicaid program, new data show. While uncompensated care in Arizona hospitals has dropped by one-third since the Medicaid expansion, other expenses are up, officials say. One possible solution, he said, is an Arizon
March 29 The federal government is scrutinizing a five-year, $29 billion Medicaid overhaul in Texas, including a Travis County nonprofit that helps bring nearly $200 million a year of health care services to needy county residents. After completing a review this month, federal officials questioned whether Texas hospital districts violate federal
Cigna declared that it has agreed to deliver California- based SCAN Health Plan's Medicare Advantage products to corporate clients in the Golden State. The agreement will see employees of Cigna clients in California able to transition to SCAN upon retirement and Medicare eligibility. According to Cigna and SCAN, their partnership will render new op
SUNBURY- The Northumberland County Area Agency on Aging will offer a free medicare seminar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, at the agency conference room, 322 N. Second St.. It is open to the public. The seminar is coordinated through APPRISE, a free, unbiased, confidential health insurance counseling program offered by the state Department of Aging
On Thursday, state agencies released their most recent figures of people who signed up and paid for a health plan through the exchange and those who are enrolled in Medicaid this year. The four-county area also added 3,620 adults to Medicaid. Statewide, about 5,500 more people signed up for a private plan, and 100,000 more people went on Medicaid.
March 28 HELENA The bill expanding Medicaid to bring government-financed health coverage to an estimated 45,000 low-income Montanans advanced Friday in the state Senate as a bipartisan majority endorsed it on a 28-22 vote. Seven Republicans joined all 21 Senate Democrats in supporting the bill, which could face a final vote in the Senate as soo
March 28 HELENA The bill expanding Medicaid to bring government-financed health coverage to an estimated 45,000 low-income Montanans advanced Friday in the state Senate, as a bipartisan majority endorsed it on a 28-22 vote. Seven Republicans joined all 21 Senate Democrats in supporting the bill, which could face a final vote in the Senate as so
March 28 Without Medicaid expansion, hundreds of thousands of people in Missouri are in a health care "coverage gap" an issue a panel at Missouri Western University hoped to educate people on. Missouri has opted out of expanding Medicaid coverage since 2012, leaving approximately 300,000 state residents without health insurance because their in
Tim Murphy was surprised by the speed and ease with which a proposed Medicare overhaul navigated his chamber this week. "A week ago, I'm not sure I would have told you we had the votes for this," Mr. Murphy, R- Upper St. Clair, said of the legislation, which would create a new payment formula for doctors and charge higher premiums to some Medicare
Mark Meadows, R- N.C., has introduced legislation to "modify policies relating to payment under the Medicare program for durable medical equipment, orthotics and prosthetics, and prosthetic devices." It was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service, Spring
F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R- Wis., has introduced legislation to "provide for coverage and payment for complex rehabilitation technology items under the Medicare program." Joseph Crowley, D- N.Y. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Ways and Means Committee. Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service, Springfield,
Glenn W. Thompson, R- Pa., has introduced legislation to "to refine how Medicare pays for orthotics and prosthetics, to improve beneficiary experience and outcomes with orthotic and prosthetic care, and to streamline the Medicare administrative appeals process." Mike Thompson, D- Calif. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and
Susan M. Collins, R- Maine, has introduced, the Medicare CGM Access Act of 2015, to "specify coverage of continuous glucose monitoring devices." Jeanne Shaheen, D- N.H. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service, Springfield, Va., 703/ 304-1897; email@example.com; http://www.targetednews.com.
by KAREN NARAG Targeted News Service. Orrin G. Hatch, R- Utah, has introduced, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015, to "repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and improve Medicare payments for physicians and other professionals." Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service, Springfield, Va., 703/ 304-1897;...
March 28 HELENA The Montana Senate today endorsed a bill to expand Medicaid, under the Affordable Care Act, to cover an estimated 45,000 low-income Montanans. Ed Buttrey, R- Great Falls, the sponsor of the bill, said it would return hundreds of millions of dollars that Montanans have paid to the federal government, to pay for health care for th
March 28 Tennessee hospitals that dole out hundreds of millions of dollars in charity and uncompensated care could get some relief in federal Medicaid funding over the next decade. Under a provision included in a Medicare- reform bill, hospitals would share $53 million annually for 10 years in disproportionate share hospital payments, which helps
Without a commitment by the state to support physicians who care for Medicaid patients, the burden is shifted to physician practices, which must decide whether to subsidize patient care at an economic loss putting their entire practice at financial risk or limiting the number of Medicaid patients they treat, "said Brian Seppi, MD, president o
March 27 HELENA A coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans voted Thursday to bring a key Medicaid- expansion bill to the state Senate floor, where it will be debated Friday and is expected to pass. The Senate voted 28-22 to "blast" Senate Bill 405 from a committee, where it had been heard late Wednesday and awaited possible action. SB 40
March 27 A coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans in the state Senate voted Thursday to bring a key Medicaid- expansion bill to the Senate floor, where it will be debated Friday and is expected to pass. The Senate voted 28-22 to "blast" from a committee Senate Bill 405, which is the sole surviving bill at the 2015 Legislature to accept h
Maryland's health insurance exchange improperly billed the federal government $28.4 million, a Department of Health and Human Services audit reported Friday. The audit said the state used a 2013 and 2014 federal grant to cover the exchange's costs when it should have used funds from a Medicaid program jointly financed by Maryland and the federal...
Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and should pay the money back, according to a federal audit released Friday. The audit found that Maryland misallocated costs to federal grants instead of the Medicaid program in 2013 and 2014, failing to use updated estimated enrollment data when it became
March 27 If a bill making its way through the Indiana Statehouse becomes a law, inmates will be able to be signed up for Medicaid. House Bill 1269 would require the Department of Correction or a health navigator an inmate's authorized representative to apply for Medicaid for inmates who are potentially eligible for it or the new Healthy India
Ken Buck, R- Colo. on Thursday voted against the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.. The act passed the U.S. House of Representatives with 392 votes for and 37 against it. The Boehner-Pelosi deal to address the looming Medicare physician payment cuts proposes to add $141 billion to the deficit over the next decade, according to t
WASHINGTON, March 27 The Department of Health& Human Services published the following notice in the Federal Register from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services:. A Notice by the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services on 03/27/2015. Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services.
WASHINGTON, March 27 The Department of Health& Human Services published the following notice in the Federal Register from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services:. Medicare, Medicaid, and CLIA Programs; Announcement of the Re-Approval of the American Osteopathic Association/ Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program as an Accreditation...