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House calls make a comeback--with an IT twist

As pressure mounts for physicians to manage patients' chronic conditions out of the hospital, the house call has re-emerged as a way to complement office-based care. Unlike doctors' black bags of the 1950s, however, today's tools of the trade rely heavily on health information technology.

Uninsured rate drops to 11.9 percent

The uninsured rate among Americans hit an all-time low of 11.9 percent for the first quarter of 2015,  according to a recent Gallup poll. The rate was 12.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is down 5.2 percentage points since just prior to implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2013.

How 4 states tackle healthcare cost measurement

A new report from the Milbank Memorial Fund examines healthcare cost measurement initiatives in four states and the policies driving them.

Urban Institute says spending trends on major downturn

Despite the recent alarms about healthcare costs creeping up again, a new and extensive study by the Urban Institute suggests that they will continue to remain low in the years to come, with the Affordable Care Act playing some yet-to-be fully defined role.

MedPAC suggests CMS scrap two-midnight rule

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommends that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services withdraw its proposed two-midnight rule,  AHA News Now  has reported.

Minimum-distance requirements could hurt rural, critical access hospitals

A recent study published in  Health Affairs  determines minimum-distance requirements for rural, critical access hospitals would be disruptive to communities that depend on those hospitals, while only creating modest Medicare savings.

CMS increases Medicare Advantage payments, reverses February proposal

Health insurers operating Medicare Advantage plans can expect revenue to increase 1.25 percent next year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  announced Monday. However, insurers likely will see their overall revenue increase about 3.25 percent as they deliver and bill for more intense services.

Two-midnight rule delayed again

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services once again delayed implementation of the two-midnight rule.

Socioeconomic hardships hurt dual eligibles' health outcomes

Sociodemographic factors are a major driver of adverse health outcomes for patients who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, or "dual eligibles," according to a new study from healthcare analytics firm Inovalon.

Seniors love Medicare Advantage

Most seniors are satisfied with their Medicare Advantage coverage and costs, according to a new poll from Morning Consult. The findings help bolster the insurance industry's case against the Obama administration's most recent proposal to decrease Medicare Advantage payment rates.