Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

Increasing Medicare eligibility age would save money, increase Medicaid spending, budget office says

Increasing the Medicare age to 67 would save the federal government $148 billion between 2012 and 2021, but the savings would be offset by an increase in Medicaid spending, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

States argue against Medicaid expansion in healthcare reform law challenges

States argue against Medicaid expansion in healthcare reform law challenges

Twenty-six states filed a brief Tuesday encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a provision of the healthcare reform law that calls for a major expansion of Medicaid.

LTC groups eagerly await Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform

LTC groups eagerly await Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform

Despite the mixed feelings about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act among long-term care providers, all groups agree that they will be closely monitoring a case now headed to the Supreme Court. The high court said Monday it would hear oral arguments on ACA's constitutionality in March.

States could save $14 billion due to federal spending under healthcare reform act, study finds

Due to an increase in federal spending under the healthcare reform law, state governments can expect a net savings in healthcare spending of $14 billion from 2014 to 2019, a new study from the Urban Institute finds.

Regulations for Accountable Care Organizations due by the end of next week, federal official says

A top deputy at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Tuesday that the agency hopes to issue draft regulations concerning accountable care organizations by the end of the month.

HHS unveils new national quality improvement strategy

HHS unveils new national quality improvement strategy

The Department of Health and Human Services on Monday rolled out its "National Strategy for Quality Improvements in Health Care," a "first-ever" plan to guide quality improvement measures at local, state and national levels. On Thursday, the 5th Annual McKnight's Online Expo will feature a webcast discussing changing quality improvement initiatives.

Rule allows proactive nursing homes to reduce inspection-related fines

Rule allows proactive nursing homes to reduce inspection-related fines

Nursing homes that self-report compliance violations and quickly address them will see their fines cut in half, under a new final rule released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Congressman to introduce bill to repeal CLASS Act after hearing discussion of strengths, flaws of long-term care insurance program

Congressman to introduce bill to repeal CLASS Act after hearing discussion of strengths, flaws of long-term care insurance program

The Community Living Assistance and Services and Supports (CLASS) Act will be repealed if physician-congressman Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) has his way. Gingrey said Thursday that he intended to unveil a bill later that day that would negate the CLASS Act, a tenet of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Florida federal judge rules healthcare reform law unconstitutional

Florida federal judge rules healthcare reform law unconstitutional

U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson of Florida ruled Monday that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because it requires most Americans to purchase individual health insurance.

Bipartisan bill would let states decide for themselves whether to enact healthcare reform

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Scott Brown (R-MA) unveiled a healthcare reform bill last week that would serve as an alternative to Republicans' strategy to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

ACOs must focus on delivery form, hospital association says

The American Hospital Association recently stressed the importance of delivery reform when it comes to implementing accountable care organizations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Berwick hearing leaves Finance Committee wanting more

Berwick hearing leaves Finance Committee wanting more

Dr. Donald Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, delivered testimony before the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday that reflected his support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But committee members did not feel they had adequate time during the hearing to ask Berwick about his views.

Seniors confused about new healthcare reform law, survey shows

Most seniors are misinformed or simply unaware about new healthcare reforms under the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey from the National Council on Aging.

HHS asks federal court to drop Virginia's lawsuit challenging healthcare reform law

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to dismiss Virginia's lawsuit involving the healthcare reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.