Search Tag: affordable care act

Executive Health Management

2017 18 Jul

Having served in the United States House of Representatives during the time the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was debated and passed in 2010, I remember quite vividly the many arguments that were presented by both sides. Supporters claimed costs would go down and quality would go up, while nearly every American would be covered. Opponents of the law claimed... Read more

Executive Health Management

Healthcare's Risk Management Challenges

2017 14 Jun

With the fate of the Affordable Care Act and its replacement bill (American Health Care Act) hanging in the balance, this poses a risk to hospitals and other healthcare organisations."It’s hard to plan around unknowns and the future of both laws is presently uncertain. The risk is that large areas of reimbursement will change and regardless of how they... Read more

Executive Health Management

GOP Plan: Phase-out of Medicaid Expansion for the Poor

2017 07 Mar

As part of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans are looking to scrap premium tax credits for wealthier Americans, according to a revised draft of their plan obtained by Politico. The Republicans are also keen to phase out the Medicaid expansion to low-income adults that is a highlight of the ACA.See Also: CMS Extends Filing... Read more

Executive Health Management

CMS Extends Filing Deadlines for ACA Exchange Plans

2017 26 Feb

Amidst concerns about the stability of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service has extended the deadline for filing qualified health plan (QHP) applications from 3 May to 21 June of this year. That would also be the new deadline for all issuers to submit rate table templates for single risk pool coverage that... Read more

Executive Health Management

Senate Republicans Take Steps Towards ACA Repeal

2017 09 Jan

The GOP has taken initial legislative steps to end the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) – high on the party's list of campaign promises. On the first day of the 115th Congress, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee introduced a resolution that paves the way for dismantling the healthcare law.See Also: GOP-led Congress Seen Prioritising ACA Repeal   Sen.... Read more

Executive Health Management

Healthcare & ACA Healthy as U.S. Votes for President?

2016 08 Nov

Healthcare was a hot topic of debate ahead of this week’s U.S. presidential election with the future of the Affordable Care Act  (ACA) in question. Speaking to before the poll, Robert Wachter, Hospitalist and Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California commented on how the election could impact... Read more

Executive Health Management

Healthcare Reform Pushes Need to Merge, Acquire or Partner

2016 18 Apr

While healthcare reform and the transition to delivering value-based care are pushing merger, acquisition and partnership (MAP) activity to ever-higher levels in the U.S., a survey suggests that a number of reasons are driving this growing phenomenon as healthcare leaders continue to look beyond their own organisations to survive and thrive. According... Read more

IMAGING Management

RSNA15: More Women Screened for Breast Cancer with Medicaid Expansion

2015 30 Nov

Introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the United States has enabled more women to come forward for breast cancer screening, according to a study that will be presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting today. Improved access to breast cancer screening was observed in those states that took the option to expand... Read more

Executive Health Management

Accountable Care Organization Model Reduces Medicare Spending

2015 26 Sep

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that a new Medicare payment model reduced the number of times patients received services providing little or no health benefit. The researchers analysed Medicare claims data before and after the initiation of the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Program, an Affordable Care Act initiative... Read more

Executive Health Management

Delivery System Reform From the Inside Out

2015 09 Apr

An alliance of major healthcare organisations publicly committed to partnering with patients is forming under the aegis of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In a “Viewpoint” published online in JAMA, the intentions of the Leadership Alliance are outlined, describing how healthcare reform in the US should be led from the “inside out” rather than... Read more