Obama Administration Asks Appeals Court To Overturn Health Law Ruling
Also in news related to the health law's implementation, marketplace reports on how accountable care organizations have led to changes in how care is delivered.
Administration Asks Court To Overturn Obamacare Ruling
The Obama administration on Monday asked a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that found the White House was funding an Obamacare program that Congress never paid for. The Justice Department told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the health law properly funded Obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidies and that the dispute between the legislative and executive branches shouldn’t be resolved by the courts anyway. (Haberkorn, 10/24)
Doctors Cut Costs By Getting To Know Their Patients
In the past six years, we’ve seen the rise of Accountable Care Organizations, now numbering more than 800, where doctors or hospitals work together to streamline care. For physicians that means they now get some compensation through contracts that reward improving health and controlling costs, as opposed to simply making money for every service provided regardless of the outcome or expense. There are now an estimated 28 million Americans enrolled in these ACOs, and that means, at least for some, their care looks radically different than even just a few years ago. That’s particularly true for some of the sicker people in the country. (Gorenstein, 10/24)