Archive: December 2010

CMS launches Physician Compare tool

Posted on December 30, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a new Physician Compare tool with information on doctors enrolled in the Medicare program, as well as other providers such as nurse practitioners, physical therapists, and dietitians.

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CBO releases roundup of health reform documents

Posted on December 23, 2010

The Congressional Budget Office has released a collection of documents related to health reform, entitled, “Selected CBO Publications Related to Health Care Legislation, 2009–2010.”

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HHS issues rate review NPRM

Posted on December 21, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the provisions of the health reform law providing for review of health insurance premium increases. Under the regulation, insurers seeking an increase of 10 percent or more in 2011 will be required to provide public justification; thereafter, states will set their own threshold for such discloser.

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New Requirements for Tax-Exempt Charitable Hospitals

Posted on December 20, 2010

This implementation brief examines the addition of Section 501(r) to the Internal Revenue Code under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which sets out new requirements for not-for-profit, tax-exempt hospitals.

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Robert C. Louthian III, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Posted on December 20, 2010

Section 501(r) is Congress’ first attempt since 1969 to put more “teeth” into the exemption standards for tax-exempt hospitals. While well-meaning, the statute is poorly drafted and leaves the IRS in a difficult position of having to administer a statute with significant structural problems.

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New Commonwealth brief examines impact of health reform on adults aged 50-64

Posted on December 16, 2010

A new brief by the Commonwealth Fund examines the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the country’s aging adult population. The brief is part of their series, “Realizing the Potential of Health Reform,” and discusses provisions contained within the ACA that are directly aimed at increasing access to services and providing insurance coverage to adults aged 50-64.

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HHS issues Multiple Chronic Conditions framework

Posted on December 14, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions. Produced by HHS with input from private and public stakeholders, the new framework hopes to “reduce the risks of complications and improve the overall health status of individuals with multiple chronic conditions by fostering change within the system; providing [...]

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Legal Challenges to the Affordable Care Act

Posted on December 14, 2010

This is an updated version of a brief originally published on November 15, 2010.

Shortly after President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)[1] into law, opponents of the law filed a series of legal challenges in federal court. This health reform implementation brief provides an overview of the legal challenges by identifying and providing summaries of the two major cases filed by states and select claims, not raised by the states, from other cases.

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New RWJF report examines insurance coverage, spending under ACA

Posted on December 14, 2010

A new report, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and authored by researchers at the Urban Institute, examines the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health insurance coverage and U.S. health care spending. The report, “America Under the Affordable Care Act,” estimates that the cost of uncompensated care to uninsured individuals would fall more than 60 percent if the ACA were fully implemented in 2010. The report estimates that if fully implemented in 2010, the ACA would also provide insurance to nearly 28 million currently-uninsured Americans.

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Kaiser Family Foundation report on premium increases for upper-income Medicare beneficiaries

Posted on December 14, 2010

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines Part B and D premium increases on higher-income Medicare beneficiaries under the health reform law.

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