Total Results: 12038

Medicare’s Observation Care Policy More Likely To Affect Low-Income Seniors

KHN Morning Briefing

A new study finds that low-income patients are more likely to be kept in the hospital under observation, and the higher out-of-pocket spending that accompanies not being officially admitted is a bigger burden for them. Also in the news, long-term care hospitals are pressing Medicare for a change that may cut their reimbursement rates.

N.C. Releases Plan For Restructuring Medicaid, Improving Physical And Mental Health Care

KHN Morning Briefing

The details lay out how the state will move from a fee-for-service program to managed care. Among other Medicaid developments are news accounts on the head of Oregon’s program resigning at the governor’s request, doctors at California’s UC Davis Medical Center saying the hospital’s decision to refuse to accept Medicaid payments has hurt vulnerable patients and health care providers complaining about Colorado’s new billing system.

U.S. News Releases 2017 Rankings For Hospitals

KHN Morning Briefing

In other news, a hospital system in Houston adds more facilities while a group of physicians who are hospitalists are seeking to expand beyond Maryland.

Doctor’s Murder Raises Tough Questions About Battling Opioid Epidemic

KHN Morning Briefing

Dr. Todd Graham refused to give a patient a pain killer prescription. The woman’s husband returned with threats and a gun. Graham’s death is serving as a stark reminder to the community that doctors are on the front lines of the crisis. Meanwhile, deaths from drug overdoses in the U.S. rose sharply in the first nine months of 2016.

For Insurance Commissioners On Front Lines, Subsidies Aren’t Just A Part Of A Political Game

KHN Morning Briefing

In Washington, the subsidies for insurers have become a hot topic in the health care debates, but state insurance commissioners are more concerned about what they’ll actually have to do if they’re cut off. Without the federal subsidies, insurers would need to get the money — estimated at $7 billion to $10 billion next year — from another source. Meanwhile, in other marketplace news, Anthem is pulling out of Nevada’s exchanges and paring back its offerings in Georgia, and Molina is closing a clinic in Michigan.

As ACA Emerges From The Rubble Intact, Attention Shifts To Enrollment Season

KHN Morning Briefing

Many questions remain about what exactly the enrollment period will look like, and if President Donald Trump and his administration will try to undermine sign-ups. Meanwhile, the damage may already be done to the individual marketplace following months of uncertainty.