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Ohio officials won't promote health exchanges

As several states and the federal government ramp up their efforts to educate the public about healthcare reform and promote the law's health insurance exchanges, Ohio officials are choosing an opposite approach--doing nothing.

3 actions your practice should take to prepare for healthcare reform

It's been just over a year since the Supreme Court decided to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, and implementation deadlines are fast approaching. Nonetheless, knowledge of how the law will work is still shaky at best among the public, while the healthcare industry works hard to prepare amid unanswered questions.  Despite the lingering unknowns, FiercePracticeManagement ofers three actions you can take now to get your practice ready for the transition:

Healthcare reform shows early signs of success

Backing up President Obama's claim that healthcare reform is working as planned, hospitals already are achieving cost savings and improved care under the law,  Bloomberg  reported.

ACA mandates docs create compliance plans to prevent fraud

A little-known provision of the Affordable Care Act requires medical practices of all sizes to develop their own compliance plans to reduce fraud and abuse, but physicians are still awaiting guidance as to what such programs should look like,  MedPage   Today  reported.

Reform barely impacts healthcare costs, use in Massachusetts

Healthcare reform in Massachusetts, which served as the model for the federal law, didn't lead to a significant increase in healthcare utilization, length of stay or costs, according to new research from the American Heart Association.

GOP, IRS scandals continue to shake up health reform implementation

GOP opposition got an added boost yesterday, with news that the IRS official in charge when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the healthcare legislation, ABC News reported.

Obama continues to defend Affordable Care Act

President Obama said he is "110 percent committed" to his healthcare law, pushing its benefits and urging consumers on Friday to ignore critics who are distorting the truth about the legislation, reported The New York Times.

Survey: More than 4 in 10 Americans don't know ACA remains in effect

With only five months until health insurance exchanges begin open enrollment, 42 percent of the public does not know the Affordable Care Act is still law of the land and is being implemented, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

Loophole could let insurers delay reform compliance

An obscure loophole in the health reform law, which lets consumers renew their current policies for an extra year, may help insurers avoid covering additional benefits mandated under the legislation.

Will the reform law lead to higher premiums?

Will premiums rise as a result of the health reform provisions? Although we won't know for sure until later this year when insurers release their new rates, Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike already are predicting the answer.