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Alicia Caramenico, FierceHealthcare
Tue, 2011-05-31

"Physician Hospitals of America (PHA) has filed a formal notice of appeal in its ongoing battle against growth restrictions in the healthcare reform law that make it nearly impossible for physician-owned hospitals to expand, according to PHA. PHA and its coplaintiff, Texas Spine and Joint Hospital in Tyler, Texas, are arguing that provisions that prevent new or expanding physician-owned hospitals from qualifying for Medicare are unconstitutional, as well as limit patient access to high-quality hospitals."

Julian Pecquet, The Hill
Wed, 2011-05-18

"U.S. employers can expect an 8.5 percent increase in their medical costs next year due in some part to the healthcare reform law, the consulting firm PwC said in a report Wednesday."

Matthew Boyle, The Daily Caller
Tue, 2011-05-17

"Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district. That’s in addition to the 27 new waivers for health care or drug companies and the 31 new union waivers Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services approved."

Robert Pear, The New York Times
Mon, 2011-05-16

"The new health care law is supposed to fix the problem by guaranteeing access to affordable coverage for all. But many nursing homes and home care agencies, alarmed at the cost of providing health insurance to hundreds of thousands of health care workers, have started a lobbying effort seeking some kind of exemption or special treatment."

Ron Shinkman, FierceHealthcare
Fri, 2011-05-13

"Comparative effectiveness research could cost the nation trillions of dollars in economic activity and shorten the lives of Americans, concludes a new report from the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest."

Julian Pecquet, The Hill
Wed, 2011-05-11

"An astounding 93 percent of physician group practices surveyed by a key trade organization warned that they would not join a new healthcare reform program to reward quality of care unless it's thoroughly reworked."

Rebecca Adams, Commonwealth Fund
Mon, 2011-05-09

"The nation's highest-profile health care centers—think of the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare or the Geisinger Health System—are the models for the Obama administration's accountable care organization (ACO) proposal. But officials at those tightly organized institutions have so many concerns with the proposed rule to create ACOs that they doubt that they will participate."

Sam Baker, The Hill
Fri, 2011-04-29

"The healthcare reform law has had a 'devastating' impact on insurance agents and brokers, according to a new survey from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers. The group said 75 percent of its members have seen a drop in their commissions since the new law capped the amount of money that insurers can spend on administrative expenses and profits."

Julie Rovner, NPR
Thu, 2011-04-28

"The real problem, according to a new survey from the American College of Emergency Physicians, isn't caused by people who don't have insurance — it's caused by people who do, but still can't find a doctor to treat them. A full 97 percent of ER doctors who responded to the ACEP survey said they treated patients 'daily' who have Medicaid (the federal-state health plan for the low-income), but who can't find a doctors who will accept their insurance."

Harris Meyer, Kaiser Health News
Mon, 2011-04-25

"For years, doctors have urged patients over the age of 50 to get colonoscopies to check for colorectal cancer, which kills 50,000 Americans a year. Their efforts were boosted last year by the federal health care law, which requires that key preventive services, including colonoscopies, be provided to patients at no out-of-pocket cost. But there's a wrinkle in the highly touted benefit. If doctors find and remove a polyp, which can be cancerous, some private insurers and Medicare hit the patient with a surprise: charges that could run several hundred dollars."

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