Feds question those qualified for subsidies; Hospitals made progress in equitable care in 2013;

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> The federal government is questioning thousands of the 2 million individuals who reportedly qualified for subsidized health insurance to resolve inconsistencies between their personal information and data in government records, reports the New York Times. Article

> Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D.-W.Va.) is looking to extend the state's Children's Health Insurance Program through 2019, according to the Charleston Daily Mail. Rockefeller said the program gets more children nonemergency care, meaning in the long-run, it may lead to healthier adults who need less care. Article

> To strengthen the relationship between payers and providers, patients have more convenient ways to pay for their health services up front, reports Healthcare Payer News. Developers of digital platforms are targeting out-of-pocket charges, which account for 30 percent to 35 percent of the bill. Article

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> Hospitals made progress in equitable care in 2013, but work still remains, especially in leader diversity, according to a new survey from the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity in Health Management. Article

> Bonuses tied to wait times for care treatment weren't the only factors leading to the scandal that rocked the Veterans Administration (VA)--government decisions made years ago and a surge of patients helped drive the current mess, according to a USA Today report. Article

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