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How Is Government Policy Affecting Healthcare?

IP Blog | Dave Melin | September 2, 2013

BioBlogWeeklyThis week in healthcare, a conversation about the impact of health care policy and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the U.S. health care landscape.

Ben Jones on Sequestration and Oncology Reimbursement

In this short video, Ben Jones of McKesson Specialty Health discusses the relationship between sequestration and financial issues and pressures on community oncology reimbursement.

Obamacare Mandate Delay Costs $12 Billion, Cuts Insurance Coverage

According to the Washington Post, “Obamacare’s price tag has just gone up by $12 billion, due to the White House’s decision to delay the employer mandate until 2015.” This delay may also mean that 1 million fewer people will have employer-sponsored coverage in 2014.

What You Should Know about the Obamacare Delay on Some Out-of-Pocket Caps

In February it was announced that the ACA’s “cap on out-of-pocket costs of $6,350 for individuals and $12,500 for families will not be enforced for some employer-based health insurance plans until 2015,” giving employers more time to prepare to implement these changes. How will this affect consumers? NPR reports.

Why Medicare Fixes Will Lead to More Hospital Mergers

“Costs vary wildly across regions, among hospitals, and even among doctors within a given hospital. Because this variation doesn’t appear to be reliably correlated with differences in quality, value seems to be much higher in some settings than in others. What is causing this, and what might we do about it?” A blue-ribbon panel answered these questions and explained why this variation has different effects on private insurance and Medicare.

Implementing Health Reform: A Proposed Rule on Congressional Exchange Participation

The ACA created federally-sponsored health care exchanges, but only one group is required to be insured through the exchanges: members of Congress and their staffs. So what’s the problem with that? The federal Office of Personnel Management released a statement clarifying some of these questions, but others remain up in the air as we approach the implementation date of Jan. 1, 2014.

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