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University makes progress toward adding residencies

...residency program for newly graduated physicians. The facility already provides six slots and once had more until a change in Medicare rules increased the financial burden on the hospital several years ago.Now University Hospital is looking for assistance...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-03-18/university-makes-progress-to
Lawmakers give doctors Medicaid boost

...pediatricians and family medicine doctors, was funded entirely with federal money, and pushed their Medicaid pay to the level of Medicare reimbursement.The Senate allocations approved Wednesday would restore about one-third of the ACA pay bump, according to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-03-19/lawmakers-give-doctors-m
Obama administration unveils plan to shift Medicare payments

WASHINGTON - Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals...just the sheer volume of services. Medicare and employers were already moving in...percent of payments under traditional Medicare to new models of care by the end of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-26/obama-administration-unvei
Care act unaffordable

...affordable" health-care plans, often bolstered with federal subsidies to those uninsured individuals not covered by Medicaid or Medicare.However, young Americans have not signed up in the numbers needed, and most states have not expanded Medicaid or established...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-03-14/care-act-unaffordable
State reviews 'stop smoking' benefits

...depression and HIV.Allen said the state office of Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is working with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the cessation product investigation."We're not aware of other states that are having the same...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-03-12/state-reviews-stop-smoki
Tips for handling medical expenses that hit before patients pay insurance deductibles

...employer-sponsored health plans, the most common form of coverage in the United States. Cost-sharing requirements for Medicare prescription drug coverage also renew every year.All this adds up to a business boom for organizations such as the Patient...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-03-01/tips-handling-medical-expe
Health care enrollment tops 10 million as deadline nears

...updated but as of Jan. 16 it was 2.4 million, said Andy Slavitt, the principal deputy administrator for the Centersfor Medicare and Medicaid Services.In Georgia, there were 468,464 enrolled, up from 435,000 the previous week, an increase of 7...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-02-11/health-care-enrollment-tops-
How about this tax plan?

...will agree to pay a flat tax rate of 17 percent. Both rates will incorporate all federal income taxes, FICA, Medicaid and Medicare.I really cannot think of a much fairer system. All citizens, left and right, should be contented. Statists can support...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-02-15/how-about-tax-plan
Ga. hospital partnerships, purchases rise

...being squeezed financially by changes in the way they are reimbursed, and by federal cuts and penalties.Health insurers and Medicare are moving more toward paying for bundling of medical services, rather than paying for individual procedures or tests separately...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-02-20/ga-hospital-partnerships-pur
Race to the bottom

...states how much money they've missed out on by not expanding the plan. Last year it gleefully reported states that expanded Medicare under Obamacare will have "saved" federal taxpayers $88 billion through 2017, while states that didn't would lose 85...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2015-02-16/race-bottom