As insurers increasingly deny treatment provided to members that they deem isn't medically necessary, some industry experts worry how there is no specific standard in the Affordable Care Act that states who determines what is a medical necessity, reported the Los Angeles Daily News.
Will the Affordable Care Act actually add to the deficit in the coming years? Congressional Republicans, according to a recent Forbes op-ed piece, are now asserting the ACA will add $131 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, negating promises made by President Barack Obama.
After much initial backlash to the Affordable C are Act (ACA), physicians are beginning to rate the law and some of its components more favorably, according to a new survey from the Medicus Firm physician search consultancy.
With insured patients' out-of-pocket costs on the rise, nearly one-fifth of privately insured Americans admittedly avoided seeing a doctor for an illness or injury over the past year, according to new re search conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Medical malprac tice premiums in several specialties have declined slightly or stayed flat over the past year, according to Medical Liability Monitor 's annual rate su rvey. Overall, 65 percent of liability insurance rates remained steady nationwide, with obstetrician/gynecologists, internists and general surgeons experiencing decreases for the seventh straight year, reported Medscape Medical News.
Many insurers across the country are cancelling plans that don't make business sense anymore, even though the Affordable Care Act lets them sell these noncompliant, grandfathered plans through 2017, reported The Washington Post.
The much-maligned Open Payments database has launched, though it's far from glitch-free.
The Economist's Health Care Forum 2014 conference in Boston brought together healthcare leaders to discuss hot button topics, such as price transparency and the future of healthcare. And though they didn't resolve the big issues, some of the topics--such as whether the Affordable Care Act is a success or a failure--generated lively debate.
Major lobbyists push to alter the Affordable Care Act's definition of what constitutes a full-time work week, reports The Hill.
Across the country, the Affordable Care Act drives mergers and partnerships among hospitals hoping to improve and sustain care.