CA lawmakers considering bill to get cash for clearing Medicaid backlog; ACA's electoral role unclear;

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> Lawmakers in California are considering legislation that would essentially force the state to accept funds from a private philanthropy to help address the state's backlog of Medicaid applicants, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> The Affordable Care Act is likely to play a significant role in November's mid-term elections, although polling suggests neither political party will likely enjoy a specific benefit, the Fiscal Times reported. Article

> Hospitals, medical groups and other healthcare providers are becoming the primary driver of economic growth in northeastern Ohio, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its 2015 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule late Thursday. The rule is set to be published in the Federal Register on July 11. The proposal rule includes changes to relative value units for calendar year 2015 and also adds procedures to the telehealth list, creates a process for added transparency in developing payment rates, and issues provisions related to implementing separate payment for chronic care management services. Article

Healthcare IT News

> The IT buying practices of for-profit hospitals varied dramatically from not-for-profit and government hospitals, according to one of two new reports released by the Dorenfest Institute for Health Information. Not-for-profit hospitals were the most active purchasers of health technology, though the buying patterns of government hospitals were fairly similar, according to the report. Article

And Finally... At Colorado restaurant, gun-toting waitresses. Article

 

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