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Big city hospitals severely penalized for Medicare readmissions

Big city hospitals in the United States have been severely penalized for readmission of patients with heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In 2013, 2,200 hospitals forfeited more than $280 million in Medicare funds due to readmission penalties […]

Federal database is missing about $1.1 billion worth of payments

A new federal database meant to increase financial transparency between the drug and device industry isn’t quite so transparent yet. The system is missing $1.1 billion worth of payments.

At least 9,000 payments had been formally disputed by doctors or hospitals before the launch this fall. So, they were not […]

Healthcare enrollment begins this weekend

Sign-up season for HealthCare.gov and state insurance marketplace begins this weekend.

Individuals or families can either sign up or renew their health insurance coverage for 2015 using the Health Insurance Marketplace. The program offers options for differing plans, as well as financial assistance for those who qualify.

The health insurance marketplaces […]

Appeals courts split on Affordable Care Act tax subsidies

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 36 states are not eligible for tax subsidies. A separate court upheld the system a few hours later, setting up a potential Supreme Court showdown.

After the rulings, the White House said that […]

Burwell begins role at Department of Health and Human Services

Sylvia Mathews Burwell has assumed her duties as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Burwell, the White House budget director for the past year, was selected for the job after Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation in April.

Aside from heading up the Office of Management and […]

Health insurance can’t be denied for pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act

When Ron Byzet was laid off as a government contractor for NASA after 33 years on the job, he also lost his health insurance. He wasn’t old enough for Medicare, but he knew he would qualify in a few years and thought he would make it.

Then, in February 2013, […]

Stroke survivors will benefit from healthcare law on World Stroke Day

This year alone, about 795,000 Americans will have a stroke. The health impact for stroke survivors can be shattering, while the financial impact can add to the difficulties for people who don’t have health insurance.

About 14 percent of stroke survivors are uninsured and more than one-third have been forced […]

Affordable Care Act promises patient protections for young family members

Cardiovascular health begins at an early age, making the need for affordable health care critical for our country’s littlest citizens.  Since the Affordable Care Act became law, patient protections are providing families with help toward their children’s medical needs.  Here are some highlights:

Birth: Nine of every 1,000 babies will […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Survivor says Affordable Care Act may have saved her life

Life as a college freshman was crisp and new for Aqualyn Laury as she walked across the campus to her first class of the day. Then she felt a pop and her world changed.

Aqualyn, then an 18-year-old student at Spelman College in Atlanta, saw a flash of colors — […]

Affordable Care Act offers essential health benefits to consumers

In the past, even with health insurance, a serious heart attack or stroke could mean financial disaster.

For example, some types of health plans excluded coverage for basic care, such as prescription drugs or hospital services. Or the plans imposed low annual coverage limits of  $5,000 or $10,000.  Often consumers didn’t realize […]