Affordable Care Act

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Medicare to penalize hospitals with highest rate of HACs

More than 700 hospitals are set to have their Medicare payments lowered by 1 percent in the fiscal year 2015 due to failure to reduce hospital-acquired condition rates and meet patient safety benchmarks put in place by the Affordable Care Act.

Ratings agencies have pessimistic outlook for hospitals

Even as the economic recovery and the Affordable Care Act continue to take hold in much of the U.S., non-profit hospitals still face a pinched fiscal climate.

Are Teaching Health Centers a better way to train primary care physicians?

If primary care isn't practiced in hospitals, why does future primary care physician training take place in them? That's the question raised by Bruce Koeppen, M.D., founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, in a recent column for  LiveScience.  

In 2015, ACA focus shifts to employer mandate, compliance

After a busy year, in 2015 the focus of the Affordable Care Act will primarily shift to the employer mandate and related compliance issues.

States make headway in keeping super-users out of ERs

Super-users, the patients who make a revolving door of hospital emergency rooms and often lack insurance or even the vaguest social safety net, have been one of the biggest cost burdens in healthcare delivery.

In subsidy battle, too much hand-wringing and not enough analysis

Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided last month it would hear the case of King v. Burwell, my colleagues in the media have been worrying aloud as to whether the Affordable Care Act will be gunned...

ER visits continue to rise, CDC says

Although some components of the Affordable Care Act aim to discourage use of hospital emergency rooms, patient visits to ERs hit a record in 2011 and are expected to continue to climb.

Leading Senate Democrat calls ACA 'major political blunder'

A top U.S. Senate Democrat called the Affordable Care Act a "major political blunder" on Tuesday, saying that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats should have focused on fixing the economy in 2009 instead.  

Michael Cannon: Insurance subsidies could be ACA's undoing

The insurance subsidies available in the federally run insurance marketplaces are not authorized by the Affordable Care Act and are therefore illegal, according to  Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute.

How insurers benefit from a friendly relationship with feds

Though historically on the opposite of most issues, insurers and federal officials have developed a mutually beneficial relationship that will likely grow stronger in the next few years.