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2014-04-24 23:05:57

The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) today announced that, following rigorous review, Healthcare Payment Specialists (HPS) has once again achieved the "Peer Reviewed by HFMA®" standard for its Stingray™ service including: Medicare Bad Debt, Disproportionate Share, Transfer DRG, and Shadow Billing. Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) April 24, 2014 The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) today announced that, following rigorous review, Healthcare...

2014-04-24 23:01:59

Five Key Reform Questions for Brokers, Health Plans, and Businesses to Ask in 2014 Park City, UT (PRWEB) April 24, 2014 Today, Zane Benefits, the #1 online health benefits solution, published a new blog post key questions for brokers, health plans, and businesses to ask in 2014. According to Zane Benefits’ website, traditionally, U.S. businesses have paid premiums to insurance companies to cover workers with a single "defined benefit" group health insurance plan. However, due...

2014-04-23 23:11:31

The April 17 issue of Atlantic Information Services’s Inside Health Insurance Exchanges walks readers through data from two pharmacy benefit managers and what it means for insurers. Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 23, 2014 When setting rates for qualified health plans sold through public exchanges a year ago, actuaries anticipated that people who purchased coverage through an exchange would be older and less healthy than the commercially insured population. They also assumed there would be...

2014-04-23 16:29:15

PORTLAND, Ore., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- HFS Consultants (HFS), a healthcare consulting firm, announces the results of its 2013 Wage Index Improvement Strategy Services (WIISS) for Oregon hospitals in the Portland, Salem, and Corvallis Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA). HFS's findings resulted in an $18.0 million benefit for hospitals in these areas, exceeding the estimated benefit by $13.0 million. HFS generated a $15.6 million benefit for Portland, Eugene, and Medford...

2014-04-22 23:07:31

How Competitive are the ACA Health Insurance Exchanges? Park City, UT (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 Today, Zane Benefits, the #1 Online Health Benefits Solution, published a new overview on the competitiveness of the ACA exchanges. According to Zane Benefits’ website, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) recently analyzed competition in the individual health insurance market. Historically, the individual health insurance market historically has been highly concentrated, with only modest...

2014-04-21 23:08:57

For months, The Center for Health Affairs and its contracted wage index experts from the Reimbursement Alliance Group have been working with the region’s hospitals on a project to maximize wage index; preliminary results suggest these efforts have truly paid off. Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) April 21, 2014 Reimbursement Forum members were presented with the preliminary fiscal year (FY) 2015 wage index results at their March 20 meeting where they learned that Northeast Ohio hospitals can...

2014-04-18 12:22:45

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite mounting criticism of the Medicare bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME), the President's fiscal year 2015 budget includes a proposal to use the program's unrealistically low reimbursement rates for Medicaid. It's bad enough that the bidding program's reimbursement rates, which the government sets virtually arbitrarily, will be applied to areas not yet covered by the controversial program by 2016 unless...

2014-04-18 12:22:42

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An array of clinicians and advocates for Medicare patients, as well as home medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and trade groups, sharply oppose a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand the prices of goods and services under their bid procurement program to non-bid areas throughout the country, says the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare). AAHomecare reviewed the public...

2014-04-18 12:22:40

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dorena Hyatt of Meyersdale, Pa., has been disabled since the age of 12. "My disability affected my legs and I am no longer able to walk," said Hyatt. Now 65 years old, she lives alone and maintains her independence by using a power wheelchair. A component on Hyatt's chair recently broke, causing the electric unit to hang off the frame. But getting her chair fixed proved to be a bigger problem than it should have been. "After talking to...

2014-04-17 16:26:48

OAKLAND, Calif., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente's Medicare health plan website, kp.org/medicare, received top marks again from HealthMetrix Research Inc. for offering Medicare consumers an easy, positive and high-value experience. The independent research firm announced its list of "Outstanding Medicare Advantage Plan Websites" for 2014 MedicareWebWatch certification, and Kaiser Permanente's Medicare plan site was also recognized as one of the top six benchmark sites...