Uninsured rate drops to lowest level since 2008; CT code bundling rocks radiologist reimbursements;

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> The Obama administration said employers must notify laid-off employees that they can buy coverage through the exchanges instead of paying full premiums for their old employer plans, The Wall Street Journal reported. Article

> The uninsured rate in the United States dropped to 13.4 percent in April, the lowest level recorded by Gallup since January 2008. Poll

> Out of the 5.4 million people who enrolled through the 36 federal exchanges, 4.5 million indicated they lacked coverage at the time of the application, according to Healthcare Payer News. Article

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> A newly published survey of 100 healthcare providers found 83 percent have purchased or are seriously considering purchasing a dose monitoring solution as they look to comply with government regulations and JCAHO (Joint Commission) certification, and improve quality. Article

> The bundling of reimbursement codes for CT of the abdomen and pelvis in 2011 hit medical imaging hard, resulting in a 29 percent decrease in reimbursements for the exams in 2011, according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Article

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