Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Obama administration in upholding a key provision of the act, that citizens in states who are doing enrollment through the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, are indeed eligible to receive the key subsidies that are used to offset premiums for eligible populations. However, this does not mean foes to the ACA are likely to throw up their hands and stop fighting. This article lists five possible challenges the ACA is still likely to face.
Earlier this month, the delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) met to discuss a myriad of topics, one of which was, yes, ICD-10. Although they ultimately agreed to lobby CMS for a 2 year no payment penalty (essentially a grace period) on using ICD-10, this signals a change in their strategy by no longer calling for a delay in the compliance date of October 1, 2015.
An interesting change in tactic as voiced by the Oklahoma delegation was an outright boycott of ICD-10 by physicians. This was quickly moved aside as their legal counsel cited legal issues with this including trouble w/the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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In one of the most awaited Supreme Court rulings to come out this summer, the King vs. Burwell decision will have immense impact including to payers market strategy in the ever-changing healthcare landscape.
Click here for a compilation of different articles that address different aspects of this impending decision.
In a bid to acquire an even greater share of the health insurance market, Anthem has made a bid to acquire Cigna. However, the talks have recently failed and Cigna has said “thanks, but no thanks.”
There was yet another loud collective groan heard around the country last week when word got out that another anti-ICD-10 bill was introduced in Congress, this time by the Alabama delegation. After pulling back the covers a bit, this bill is different from the ones previously introduced; it calls for a 2 year grace period on the implementation of it but doesn’t specifically call for a delay.
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