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For-profit hospital revenues, earnings soar

As millions of Americans are added to the rolls of insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the for-profit, publicly-traded hospital chains that care for them have gone on a roll of their own.

Provider network complaints flood insurers

While policies with limited networks of doctors and hospitals existed before the Affordable Care Act, the backlash has been growing against narrow networks since exchange coverage kicked in.

ACA fuels construction boom

Hospital construction  has been in a boom mode for some years now, but the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is apparently prompting even smaller players to get into the action,  Crain's Chicago Business   r eports.

Young adults not as crucial to reform success

Opinions vary regarding the belief that enrolling  young adults may determine reform success. On one hand, experts believe that the number of young adult sign-ups and the male-to-female ratio will determine success. On the other hand, some say that having more young, healthy people purchasing healthcare is not as crucial as people think, according to an opinion piece published by  Philly.com.

Consumers continue to flock to HealthCare.gov

Open enrollment has come and gone but new federal data, obtained by ProPublica, shows the federal exchange saw roughly 1 million insurance transactions since mid-April.

Medicare pilot programs waive three-day admission rule for senior patients

Medicare officials piloting experimental programs across dozens of U.S. hospitals want to know if dropping the requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to the hospital for at least three days can reduce costs and improve care,  Kaiser Health News   reported.

Tug-of-war develops over essential benefits

Starting this year, all insurers must provide certain essential health benefits as required under the Affordable Care Act. However, business groups are calling for restructured benefits while consumer advocates are pushing to uphold the coverage requirements, Kaiser Health News reported.

ACA reality: Expect the unexpected

Almost exactly a year ago,  FiercePracticeManagement  described key ways to prepare your office for healthcare reform, including steps to ready your practice for a predicted influx of new patients. Reality brought some surprises in that arena, however, and more. New patient visits actually declined slightly in the first five months of the Affordable Care Act, according to a report from AthenaHealth.

Appeals courts disagree on whether ACA subsidies are legal

In only one day, the Obama administration suffered a potentially huge loss followed by a victory regarding the legality of Affordable Care Act subsidies and whether consumers buying coverage through the federal health insurance exchange can receive financial assistance.

Inpatient volumes positive for first time in years

Hospital inpatient volumes trended positive for the first time in several years--albeit by only a slight margin--according to a new survey from Jefferies. The investment bank and securities firm also released data about hospital performance and payer mix.