In a white paper and a letter to the healthcare community, a group of Republican Senators wants to re-examine federal health IT policy, with a greater focus on interoperability and provider financial sustainability.
While HHS has developed tentative or final regulations for most of the ACA, some are still evolving and may end up tweaked to balance market changes, state participation and stakeholder concerns, as the rulemaking process hints so far.
Among more than a hundred ballot initiatives in 38 states, voters in conservative states passed symbolic constitutional amendments opposing the individual mandate, while Missouri's law limiting efforts to craft a state insurance exchange could have some unintended consequences.
Kaiser Health News found that of eligible hospitals, 17 percent are receiving fines for readmissions, particularly for patients with heart attacks, heart failure, or pneumonia. And it's happening in 5 states more than elsewhere.
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The Green Mountain State's effort to implement a single-payer health system faces political pitfalls, including but by no means limited to, the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on the ACA. And state officials say that the ACA doesn't do much that Vermont hasn't already done.