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Decision 2014

The 2014 midterm Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. This may be news to many. Only 52% of the public state that they are paying attention to the election and if previous midterms are any indication fewer than half of American [...]

October 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

ACA 2014 Update [Podcast]

Drs. Seth Treuger and Matt Pirotte recorded an update on the Affordable Care Act provisions and what medical students should know. I suppose that means that doctors should know that too. Please listen. [...]

October 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bundled payment experiment fails

As stakeholders implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), innovative payment models are developing faster than practical applications. Bundled payments, defined as “a fixed payment that covers the average cost of a bundle of services” are the [...]

October 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Will Medicaid gains offset DSH cuts?

The Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program was developed to provide financial assistance for hospitals that care for large numbers of Medicaid and uninsured patients. During the development of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), policymakers [...]

September 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

States opt for lower smoking fees

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows insurance companies to charge smokers up to 50% higher premiums than nonsmokers. However, this study found that most insurance companies are charging much less than the 50% maximum surcharge allowed. Source: [...]

September 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

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