Tagged: patient protection & affordable care act

Aledade Gets Slow Start in Arkansas

by Gwen Moritz 8/3/2015 12:00 am

A Maryland accountable care organization operator that began recruiting primary care physicians a year ago has had limited success in Arkansas, in part because dozens of the most likely practices are temporarily occupied with a federal pilot program with similar goals.

Doctors Encourage End-of-Life Talks

by Mark Friedman 8/3/2015 12:00 am

By the time most doctors talk to terminally ill patients about end-of-life care, it’s already too late. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hopes to change that. On July 8, CMS proposed paying doctors for their time spent talking with Medicare patients about end-of-life planning.

Weighing Private Option Boost, Medicare Cuts To Scale Uncompensated Care

by Sean Beherec 8/3/2015 12:00 am

Hospitals around the state have reported that the so-called “private option” provided a needed boost by reducing losses associated with uncompensated care.

It Ain’t Over Till … (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/29/2015 12:00 am

The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a major victory on Thursday, upholding a key component of the Affordable Care Act by a comfortable 6-3 vote.

Analysts: Repeal of Health Law Would Boost Economy But Add to Deficit

by Associated Press 6/19/2015 11:26 am

Repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would modestly increase the budget deficit even as it boosts the economy, according to a nonpartisan government study released Friday.

The Ignorant American (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Ignorance is bliss, or so they say, but ignorance can also be dangerous. Ask Luis Lang, a 49-year-old who made a comfortable living as a self-employed handyman, who ignored the law requiring him to buy health insurance — and then discovered what happens to diabetics who don’t take care of themselves.

Affordable Care Act Pushes Up Revenue for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

by Mark Friedman 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield’s remarkable 42.6 percent surge in revenue in 2014 over the previous year is mainly a result of the Affordable Care Act.

UAMS Eyes Expansion, Sees Increase in Patient Demand

by Mark Friedman 5/18/2015 12:00 am

The Affordable Care Act as applied in Arkansas has worked so well for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences that administrators are considering expanding the 10-story UAMS Medical Center.

Student Loan Guarantee Foundation of Arkansas Finding New Mission

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

A new identity, GuidEd Solutions, is in place for the Student Loan Guarantee Foundation of Arkansas. It's the first in a long list of new products that the SLGFA has the expertise to deliver if it can round up colleges and universities that are willing and able to pay.

CDC: Uninsured Drop by 11M Since Passage of Health Care Overhaul

by Associated Press 3/24/2015 11:10 am

The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obamacare Nostalgia (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/23/2015 12:00 am

Obamacare is 5 years old this week, and that milestone has sent me on a nostalgic journey that dates back a quarter-century.

Rate of Uninsured Americans Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The rate of Americans without insurance has fallen to 13.2 percent as of March 4, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced last week.

State Sen. David Sanders on the 'Stop-Gap' Private Option, Health Care Reform

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2015 12:00 am

David Sanders has served in the state Senate since 2013, when he helped craft the state’s private option, which uses federal money to purchase private insurance for poor Arkansans.

‘Live Fearless’ (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

But unless we replace the ACA with a brilliant idea that its opponents have thus far kept shrouded in secrecy, getting rid of Obamacare will mean one thing: Millions of Americans — including 200,000 of our neighbors here in Arkansas — will go back to being uninsured, a lifestyle that I wouldn’t tolerate for myself and my family for a single day.

High Cost of New Drugs Weighs on Medicaid

by Mark Friedman 11/24/2014 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court case highlights concerns over the high costs of specialty drugs such as Kalydeco, which treats some cystic fibrosis patients at an approximate annual cost of $300,000.

Americans’ Opinion Remains Split on The Affordable Care Act

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Americans’ opinion about the Affordable Care Act remains divided, according to a mid-October poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation of Menlo Park, California. Seventy-seven percent of Republicans have an unfavorable opinion, while 59 percent of Democrats report a favorable opinion.

Wal-Mart Plans 1-Stop Health Coverage Shopping

by Associated Press 10/6/2014 3:18 pm

Wal-Mart plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.

Hospital Executives Report Better Finances

by Michell Corbet, Jan Cottingham and Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Last week, Arkansas Business staff writers checked in with the top administrators of five hospitals, large and small. Here’s what we learned.

Wehco Media Drops Insurance Bombshell

by 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Wehco Media dropped a bombshell on its employees two weeks ago: Effective Sept. 1, one week after the announcement, they had a choice of having their annual health insurance deductible triple to $3,000 or paying 100 percent of the cost of keeping a policy with a $1,000 deductible.

Baptist Health CEO Troy Wells on Best & Worst of Obamacare

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Troy Wells has been the president and CEO of Baptist Health of Little Rock since July.