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Louisiana's five Medicaid managed care being vetted for another year

By Dave Barkholz  |  July 20, 2017

Louisiana is expected to decide by September whether it will keep the five Medicaid managed care companies currently managing the care of 1.6 million recipients or adjust the group, state health department secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee said Thursday.

CMS seeks greater authority to vet Medicare Advantage networks

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 20, 2017

The CMS plans to request greater authority from the White House to ensure Medicare Advantage plans have adequate provider networks. Currently, the agency has limits on how frequently it can review plans for compliance with federal standards.

Trump administration pulls health law help in 18 cities

By Associated Press  |  July 20, 2017

President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage.

Latest Senate ACA repeal bill would lead to 22 million more uninsured

Latest Senate ACA repeal bill would lead to 22 million more uninsured

By Harris Meyer  |  July 20, 2017

There would be 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance in 2026 under the latest version of the Senate Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the same coverage loss as under the previous version, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday.

Health care fraud: The hot new legal practice?

Health care fraud: The hot new legal practice?

By Claire Bushey  |  July 20, 2017

The Chicago U.S. Attorney's Office is creating a new unit to prosecute health care fraud, a move that tantalizes the city's white-collar defense lawyers with the promise of more work.

CMS looks to launch new behavioral health pay model

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 20, 2017

The CMS is interested in launching a new pay model that will target behavioral health services and is seeking public comment on what the new effort should look like. The announcement comes at a time when agency officials say they are still committed to value-based care.

Women CEOs, nurses get short end of salaries

Women CEOs, nurses get short end of salaries

By Dave Barkholz  |  July 19, 2017

Women CEOs of hospitals earn 22% less than their male counterparts, and even male nurses earn more than female nurses, a panel of healthcare executives observed at the Modern Healthcare Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference.

Not dead yet: Trump exhorts Senate to pass Obamacare repeal

By Associated Press  |  July 19, 2017

Lecturing fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump summoned GOP senators to the White House Wednesday and told them face-to-face they must not leave town for their August recess without sending him an Obamacare repeal bill to sign.

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