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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius meets with GOP governor

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met with one of the most ardent health reform opponents--Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Fiscal cliff deal wipes out health CO-OP funding

Health insurers won't likely be seeing much competition from a potentially new source of health insurance--consumer-oriented and-operated plans (CO-OP).

Hospital CIOs weigh in on health IT in 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, we wanted to give our  FierceHealthIT  Advisory Board  members a chance to weigh in on what they saw as the biggest industry developments of the year. We qualified our request by asking them to think about developments other than Meaningful Use Stage 2 and ICD-10, two of the more obvious news items from 2012.

Payment reform pushes providers to keep financial tabs on patients

To keep better tabs on patients, it's been a challenge to steer patients toward less-expensive settings for services.

Hospitals blame health reform, low reimbursement for layoffs

Several hospitals across the country are citing the legislation and its implementation as reasons for cutting jobs.

Top doc concerns in 2013: ACA implementation, loss of autonomy

With 30 million new patients expected to enter the healthcare system, doctors worry there won't be enough of them to go around.

Big gap among hospitals prepared for health reform

Although Obama's reelection has reinforced the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, not all hospitals are prepared for the changes coming under the reform law, according to new research from the California HealthCare Foundation.

Frugal patients won't change docs to save money

Patients know what they want, but they don't know how to get there. Sixty percent of consumers listed "low out-of pocket costs" when they visit the doctor as a top priority, but only 19 percent prioritized "understanding in advance how much care would cost."

Could new immigration laws fix the doc shortage?

Immigration policies prevent a sufficient number foreign-born physicians, nurses and other medical personnel from working in the United States, according to a new study from the National Foundation for American Policy.

Time to rise above petty politics in healthcare

I recognize we don't live in a utopian society. But is it so crazy of me to wish we all could just get along? Apparently, it is--especially if you're a politician. I had hoped that with...