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Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act Brought 30% Drop for Texas Uninsured Rate

by Vera Gruessner

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has made a significant difference for the average American citizen when it comes to ensuring greater medical coverage and healthcare access. The uninsured rate has been dropping steeply...

Health Plan Solutions: Do Employers Choose Private Exchanges?

by Vera Gruessner

Today employers are searching for multiple solutions to meet their health plan needs in order to reduce costs and provide the optimal benefits to their employees. The multitude of healthcare regulations hitting the market today is making...

CMS Bundled Payment Program Reduces Costs for Consumer

by Vera Gruessner

At the end of last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized their bundled payment rule for hip and knee replacement surgery. This type of bundled payment program will hold hospitals more accountable for...

Medicare Advantage Plans Decrease Avoidable Hospitalizations

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may be able to reduce healthcare spending by decreasing the number of hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and other expensive medical care services.  This could be done by...

Is the Health Insurance Industry Heading on a ‘Death March?’

by Vera Gruessner

The health insurance industry has been undergoing tremendous reforms in recent years due to new federal regulations including the Affordable Care Act. Reimbursement between payers and providers have been changing as well. Coverage for the...

Affordable Care Act Brought the Uninsured Rate to 9.1%

by Vera Gruessner

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has made a tremendous impact on healthcare coverage among Americans. An extra 20 million people now have healthcare access  do due to the health insurance exchanges. The Centers for...

Why Cigna Succeeds in Value-Based Care Reimbursement Model

by Vera Gruessner

Earlier this month, the mobile technology company athenahealth released its annual PayerView Report, which delves into the complex and evolving relationship between payers and providers, according to a company press release. This report...

Healthcare Affordability Difficult for Marketplace Consumers

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare affordability remains a top issue throughout the United States. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released a brief discussing how many Americans still have difficulty with healthcare affordability since the price of premiums...

Supreme Court Leaves Zubik v. Burwell Case to Lower Courts

by Vera Gruessner

On Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously called for the lower courts to rule on the Zubik v. Burwell case and to find a compromise. This particular court case argues on whether employers, specifically religious nonprofit groups, should be...

Court Sides with Republicans on Affordable Care Act Provision

by Vera Gruessner

Once again, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is receiving criticism from the Republican-led House of Representatives. House Republicans had filed a lawsuit claiming that the Obama administration does not have the authority to...

Health Insurance Exchange Consumers Satisfied with Health Plans

by Vera Gruessner

Despite the fact that the House of Representatives and the Senate attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act at the end of 2015, consumers seem to be satisfied with their healthcare coverage options after purchasing health plans on the...

The Biggest ACA Legal Challenges Facing Healthcare Industry

by Vera Gruessner

Ever since the Obama administration passed the healthcare law to reform many of the inequalities faced in this country, there have been a wide variety of ACA legal challenges that have stood in the way of this law progressing to reduce the...

What will the Future Bring for the Affordable Care Act?

by Vera Gruessner

The future of the Affordable Care Act and health insurance exchanges may not be as favorable as the Obama administration had hoped. Many fear that the major health insurer UnitedHealthcare leaving the state-based exchanges could lead other...

Did the Affordable Care Act Lower Medicare Spending?

by Vera Gruessner

The Affordable Care Act and other regulatory changes were meant to reform the healthcare industry and save costs on wasteful spending. Recent results coming from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) show that the Affordable...

Long-Term Care has a Shorter Time Frame Due to ACA, CMS

by Vera Gruessner

The Affordable Care Act has impacted a variety of aspects of the health insurance landscape as well as the healthcare delivery system. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also led to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid...

How the Affordable Care Act Impacts First Quarter Earnings

by Vera Gruessner

The health insurance industry has had a topsy turvy time learning how to function effectively in the new landscape the Affordable Care Act has brought to the medical field. When it comes to the financial well-being of top payers, the...

How the ACA Increased Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP Programs

by Vera Gruessner

Last Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report covering the state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility and enrollment data for the month of February. This type of...

State Medicaid Expansion Should Reduce Emergency Room Visits

by Vera Gruessner

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brought a variety of changes for the healthcare industry as well as individual states. For example, the Affordable Care Act called on for Medicaid expansion among the 50 states. However, a...

Consumer Engagement Vital in Health Insurance Exchanges

by Vera Gruessner

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has brought a variety of changes for both insurers and healthcare providers with the establishment of health insurance exchanges holding a top place in reforming reimbursement between payers...

CMS Rule Renovates Coverage beyond ACA’s Medicaid Expansion

by Vera Gruessner

The Medicaid program has greatly changed since the passage of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Most importantly, more than half of the states throughout the nation have implemented Medicaid expansion, which means that...

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