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Republican-controlled House likely to change course of health reform

Republicans have taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) will take over as speaker of the House, while Democrats will maintain a slim majority in the

CMS hashing out details for 'Physician Compare' website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hard at work creating "Physician Compare," a doctor-specific spinoff of Hospital Compare, a website that allows viewers to research and

MedCath sells Austin hospital

MedCath (NASDAQ: MDTH) has shed its hospital in Austin, Texas, selling it to local operator St. David's Healthcare. St. David's paid $83.8 million to buy the 58-bed Heart Hospital from Charlotte,

Anthem, Blue Cross face hearings on rate hikes

Amid political discontent and criticism, Anthem and Blue Cross of Connecticut must face public hearings regarding their expected--but not yet proposed--rate increases for 2011. The rates, which will

If birth control is preventive medicine, insurers must cover all costs

Birth control is a controversial issue. And I don't mean because of the political and religious arguments it can provoke. I'm talking about whether birth control and other contraceptives should be

WellPoint accused of misleading public about rescissions

Los Angeles city prosecutors are accusing WellPoint (NYSE: WLP) of making false and misleading representations of rescission practices in press releases issued earlier this year. This action is the

Insurers increased denials by 49 percent because of pre-existing conditions

The four largest health insurance companies denied coverage to more than 600,000 individuals because of pre-existing conditions in the three years before passage of health reform and the number of

Connecticut governor asks HHS to modify federal 'crowd out' rule

The health reform law is preventing Connecticut residents from enrolling in its new pre-existing insurance plan, so Gov. M. Jodi Rell wants HHS to relax the rule. The state created the Connecticut

Times are changing: Insurers must adapt to increased oversight

The time when insurers "ran wild with no accountability" is over. Now they are set to "finally get some oversight" as HHS reviews large premium increases and identifies those that are unreasonable,

Practice hiring trends show cautious optimism

Despite weak patient volumes in physician offices throughout 2010, medical office jobs are being added back more quickly than in other industries, American Medical News reports. According to a