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CMS: Health spending slowdown is history

The slowdown in health spending growth may be near its end, with an improved economy and increased coverage likely to bring faster growth, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services   Office of the Actuary published in  Health Affairs.

Urgent care centers put financial pressure on Texas hospitals

Texas hospitals are already under financial pressure due to the Lone Star State's steadfast refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, and now they face yet another pressure point: urgent care centers.

Insurers brace for ACA audits

Regulators will soon conduct audits to determine whether payers comply with the Affordable Care Act, according to an article in  LifeHealthPro. 

Mental health barriers in hospitals lead to standalone urgent care clinics

County health officials in California opened a  mental h ealth  urgent care center in the South Los Angeles this week, in an effort to treat people in immediate crisis, while connecting them with ongoing care,  Kaiser Health News   report ed  in a blog post.

5 steps for hospitals considering affiliation

Affiliation is not something providers should rush into, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Here are five steps boards must consider before signing a deal. 

Economy, not ACA, caused healthcare spending slowdown

The recent slowdown in healthcare spending is likely due to economic factors rather than the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study in Health Affairs.

Mayo reports big boost to bottom line

The insured patient generation created by the Affordable Care Act is gravy for the Mayo Clinic.

Aegis Health Group CEO: Dramatic changes ahead for health insurance industry

Hold on to your seats and gear up for the most dramatic changes the health insurance industry has faced yet, says Aegis Health Group CEO Phil Suiter, in an exclusive interview with  The Tennessean. 

Report: Copper exchange plans would save billions

Insurers hoping to have the option of selling a new plan on the health insurance exchanges just got a boost for their cause: The so-called "copper plans" could reduce federal healthcare spending by $5.8 billion over the next 10 years, according to an analysis released Tuesday from Avalere Health.

For-profit insurers will diversify into data market, industry watchdog predicts

Non-profit insurers will soon be the dominating type of insurance company due to competition fostered by the Affordable Care Act, says industry watchdog Wendell Potter. If for-profit insurers want to remain viable in the post-ACA market, the former Cigna exec says they must diversify by operating outside the United States and expanding their business lines.