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Q&A with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital CEO on expansion, public health

Q&A with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital CEO on expansion, public health

September 22, 2018

Like its namesake, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital isn't satisfied standing pat. The Hollywood, Fla., hospital is adding floors and has been pushing northward, expanding its services to Palm Beach County. New CEO Caitlin Beck Stella talks about the hospital's growth strategy.

Could deep-red Miss. expand Medicaid? 2019 will tell

Could deep-red Miss. expand Medicaid? 2019 will tell

September 22, 2018

A Mississippi state senator has introduced a bill to expand Medicaid every year since Obamacare went into effect, but so far it's been off the table. The 2019 governor's race could change the picture.

Providers tackle turnover amid vexing labor shortage

Providers tackle turnover amid vexing labor shortage

September 22, 2018

The healthcare industry is using financial assistance programs, employee ownership models and partnering with academic institutions to cope with high turnover along with simultaneous labor shortages.

Rep. Roskam: Modernize the Stark law to reflect changing times

Rep. Roskam: Modernize the Stark law to reflect changing times

By Rep. Peter Roskam  |  September 22, 2018

The Stark law is a 1980s-era policy originally intended to protect Medicare beneficiaries from excessive costs and other potential harms. However, we've seen this law driving up costs and creating additional, unnecessary regulatory burdens for healthcare providers.

Rep. DeLauro: One thing President Trump must do to protect coverage

Rep. DeLauro: One thing President Trump must do to protect coverage

By Rep. Rosa DeLauro  |  September 22, 2018

There are 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions who would struggle to get quality, affordable health insurance, if not for the protections in the Affordable Care Act. It is imperative for President Donald Trump to stop sabotaging the ACA.

Rep. Ruiz: Outdated infrastructure, policies hindering telehealth

Rep. Ruiz: Outdated infrastructure, policies hindering telehealth

By Rep. Raul Ruiz  |  September 22, 2018

Outdated policy and a lack of political will is holding back the widespread deployment of telehealth. Barriers include insufficient federal funding for telehealth infrastructure, inconsistent licensing requirements, lack of broadband internet in rural communities and needless bureaucracy.

Sen. Cassidy: We're working on lowering prices for patients

Sen. Cassidy: We're working on lowering prices for patients

By Sen. Bill Cassidy  |  September 22, 2018

Healthcare costs are too high. Families are grappling with double- and triple-digit increases in health insurance premiums and rising out-of-pocket expenses. A growing percentage of our nation's gross domestic product is consumed by healthcare costs—far more than other developed countries. We need solutions.

Rep. Lujan: Medicaid buy-in would offer an attractive insurance option

Rep. Lujan: Medicaid buy-in would offer an attractive insurance option

By Rep. Ben Ray Lujan  |  September 22, 2018

While congressional Republicans have spent the 115th Congress repeatedly attacking a law that protects tens of millions of Americans, the New Mexico state Legislature took a bipartisan step forward by approving a measure to study how a Medicaid buy-in program could strengthen healthcare in the state.

Sen. Paul: Association health plans open new coverage options

Sen. Paul: Association health plans open new coverage options

By Sen. Rand Paul  |  September 22, 2018

Looking to “big government” for answers to skyrocketing healthcare costs may be some politicians' solution, but that only results in giving the American people more frustration and fewer options—along with still-expensive healthcare.

From the editor: Healthcare remains critical issue and Americans demand change

From the editor: Healthcare remains critical issue and Americans demand change

September 22, 2018

The 115th Congress on the State of Healthcare, a collection of commentaries from members of Congress, is intentionally timed close to the midterm elections this year. In just over a month, voters will take to the polls to decide whether the Senate and House will remain controlled by Republicans.

Cigna-Express Scripts deal reflects industry in transition

Cigna-Express Scripts deal reflects industry in transition

September 22, 2018

The need to tame healthcare spending and stay on top of potential competition has led health insurers to pair up with nontraditional partners. Here's how the five dominant national insurers are reshaping themselves and the industry.


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