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HUD under investigation for ACA promotions

The nonpartisan government accountability organization Cause of Action is investigation the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to determine if the agency violated laws that prohibit certain promotional tactics for the Affordable Care Act.

When the SGR is repealed, will you be ready?

Medical practices have long priority lists. And, no disrespect, but they also have a notorious reputation for putting necessary changes off until the last minute. For example, when I first started writing about physician practices in the early 2000s, one of my mentors advised against boring my audience with anything having to do with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). "They don't care," I was told candidly.

Current ACA challenge: Understanding contracts

Only months into Affordable Care Act implementation, one of the biggest remaining challenges for physician practices is understanding contracts with new health exchange plans, noted consultant Mary Pat Whaley in a recent  Manage   My Practice  blog post.

5 ways the ACA may affect malpractice risk

As the Affordable Care Act shifts the dynamic of how physicians provide care to a higher volume of patients, experts predict implications on the medical malpractice climate as well. A recent round table discussion at the Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference suggested five changes healthcare professionals can expect.

Affordable Care Act may lower liability insurance costs

The effects of expanded private coverage and Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act go beyond health insurers to other liability insurance companies, namely, auto insurers, a new report from the Rand Corporation finds.

10 questions to consider following the ACA's first open enrollment period

Now that the first open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is behind us, I expect many questions to come up over the coming months about the relative success of the law to date, and what...

Moody's: Narrow networks in exchanges could hamper hospital finances

Hospitals generally support the Affordable Care Act, noting that it provides them with a reliable revenue stream from a larger number of insured patients, who otherwise would be unable to pay their bills. But acute care facilities should lower their enthusiasm, a new report from Moody's Investors Service suggests.

Hospital ER ad underscores heathcare finance's woeful informational problems

I've discussed the demands for price transparency a lot in this space and I believe it will be one of the defining issues of healthcare finance for many years to come. But what about...

AMA advises docs on how to address 'grace period' with patients

Physician survival of the "grace period" attached to government-subsidized health plans will depend on a clear and timely chain of communication--from health plan to provider to patient. The American Medical Association offers guidance to help physicians work with patients to understand their financial responsibilities to insurers and health providers.

Updated SGR repeal plans draw political controversy

Legislation that would permanently repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) may be in jeopardy after Republicans inserted language that would delay the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring that all individuals obtain health insurance,  NPR  reported.