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Insurers push for change to medical-loss ratio

The health insurance industry is urging lawmakers to amend the Affordable Care Act's medical-loss ratio provision, The Fiscal Times reported. It wants payments to brokers and agents excluded from administrative costs.

Feds exempt insurers in US territories from healthcare reform regs

Health insurers overburdened with Affordable Care Act implementation could consider a move to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has granted a myriad of reform exemptions in U.S. territories.

ACA: Stepping stone to single-payer healthcare?

As some lawmakers continue to attack the Affordable Care Act through lawsuits, legal challenges, hearings and votes of repeal, industry experts wonder whether these anti-ACA efforts will lead to a single-payer, government-run insurance system.

ACA hasn't boosted number of new patients at doctor offices

Even though the number of sign-ups during the open enrollment for healthcare exchanges increased throughout the first half of 2014, the number of patients going into doctors' offices hasn't, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and athenahealth. 

NP autonomy expands in Kentucky

Nurse practitioners (NPs) in Kentucky can prescribe routine medications without a doctor's involvement starting this week--if they completed a four-year collaboration with a doctor,  Kaiser Health News  reported.

Experts debate ACA's influence on the nursing profession

A recent article from  Nurses.com  gathered information from nurses and experts on the Affordable Care Act, and what effect the healthcare reform law will have on the future of nursing. There's only one thing that's certain: Uncertainty.

Hospital employment on the rise among primary care physicians

Hospital employment among doctors is becoming more popular. The number of hospital-employed primary care physicians increased from 10 to 20 percent from 2012 to 2014, while those who owned single-specialty private care dipped from 12 to 7 percent, according to a new survey from Jackson Healthcare. 

How should feds prevent subsidy overpayments?

By requiring consumers submit their incomes when applying for a plan sold on the health insurance exchanges, the federal government may be overpaying billions of dollars in premium subsidies.

Kentucky NPs can prescribe meds

As of this week, nurse practitioners in Kentucky will have the authority to prescribe routine medications if they complete a four-year collaboration with a doctor.

GAO: Most insurers met MLR requirements

More than 75 percent of insurers met or exceeded medical-loss ratio standards in 2011 and in 2012, spending enough of their premium dollars on medical services to avoid paying rebates to consumers under the healthcare reform law, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.