Author Archives: Ignatius Bau

Covered California: Premium Rates, New Health Plans Announced for 2016

Covered California, the state health insurance marketplace for California, has announced the health plans and preliminary premium rates for purchasing health insurance in each of California’s 19 regions for 2016.   According to Covered California, the statewide weighted average increase will be … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court: Marriage Equality Recognized Nationwide

In its June 26, 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court found a federal constitutional right to marriage equality for same-sex couples under the due process and equal protection provisions of the 14th Amendment. Link to Original … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Final Rule for Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations

On June 9, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published this final rule that significantly revises the requirements for the Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations (ACOs) established through section 3022 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … Continue reading

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National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians: Impact of Affordable Care Act on Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Pakistani, and Vietnamese Americans

This report from the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) analyzes 2013 American Community Survey data on select social determinants (health insurance coverage, language, nativity, education, economic status) that impact on the participation and enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Proposed Medicare Bundled Payments for Hip and Knee Replacements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a proposed change in its Medicare fee-for-service payments that would use a bundled payment methodology for hip replacements and knee replacements, called the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model.  According to … Continue reading

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Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation: Health Care Burdens of People in Deep Poverty

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has published this issue brief about the financial condition and health care burdens of people in deep poverty.  Deep poverty is defined as having incomes below … Continue reading

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URGENT: Tomorrow is Deadline for Comments on Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Proposed Rule

BACKGROUND The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has proposed a new regulation that would require electronic health record systems to document and use disaggregated, granular data categories for patients’ race, … Continue reading

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President Obama Signs H.R. 2 Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act into Law

On April 16, President Obama signed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2015, into law.  The repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment schedule is effective immediately.  The law reauthorizes … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health IT: Proposed Rule for 2015 Certification of Health IT

The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published this proposed rule for its 2015 certification of electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology.   The ONC proposes broadening its certifications beyond what are required for Medicare … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Proposed Rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use of Certified EHRs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published this proposed rule with Stage 3 requirements for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records under the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health … Continue reading

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