Highmark won't pay higher hospital-outpatient rates; Practices struggle to verify ACA coverage;

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> The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aims to boost awareness of the financial help available for purchasing exchange coverage with its new website, FinancialHelpforHealth.org. Announcement

> Insurance regulators in Washington State want health insurers to provide monthly provider updates, which would include referral and prior authorization practices, BenefitsPro reported. Article

> On April 1, Highmark will stop reimbursing health systems at higher rates for cancer treatment performed in doctors' offices designated as hospital outpatient facilities, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Article

Practice Management News

> Physicians who work in rural areas and big cities share largely similar professional beliefs and behavior, according to a new study published in the Journal of Rural Health. One area in which rural physicians are more engaged, however, is quality improvement, including activities such as peer review and recertification. Article

> Although practices handled the relatively low volume of newly insured health-exchange patients smoothly at first, some offices struggle to keep up with verifying new enrollees' coverage, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

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