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CMS posts update to Medicare data on physicians

In a move toward continued transparency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released updated data for the Medicare program that allows for comparisons of physicians.  

Report: Prior experience will dictate 2017 exchange plan premiums

Data from the first three years of Affordable Care Act marketplace plans will provide insurers a clearer picture of healthcare costs, allowing for more accurate premium pricing for 2017 that could offer sustainability within the marketplace, according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.  

Add cost of living to the equation when deciding where to practice

It may seem counterintuitive, but the best-paid doctors in the country aren't necessarily the ones pulling in the highest salary, according to an article in The   Atlantic.

Favorable medical costs boost Cigna's Q1 performance

Cigna reported Friday that its adjusted income from operations was up 18 percent year-over-year--thanks in part to revenue growth and favorable medical and operating costs in the company's global healthcare segment. Its overall earnings for the quarter totaled $519 million, or $2 per share, down from the $533 million, or $2.04 a share, a year earlier.  

Raising Medicare eligibility age could increase healthcare spending

Increasing Medicare's eligibility age from 65 to 67 would lead to a 30 percent spike in healthcare spending across the country thanks to wide price discrepancies between Medicare and private insurers, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.  

Humana mulls exit from some ACA marketplaces

Humana may become the latest major health insurer to pull out of some Affordable Care Act marketplaces, as it seeks to curtail losses on its individual market policies.

Study: Regulation and competition can work together to control consumer costs

By regulating the selection and structure marketplace plans, California's healthcare exchange managed to keep premiums low, even in areas with fewer insurers, according to a study published in Health Affairs.  

Tenet execs say other insurers will fill in for United on ACA exchanges

Executives from major for-profit hospital chain Tenet Healthcare Corp. said this week that they aren't worried about UnitedHealth's decision to exit most Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2017, Reuters reports

Insurers vexed by signs that exchange customers lie about smoking

Health insurers are concerned about evidence that Affordable Care Act exchange customers may be lying about their smoking status to avoid paying a surcharge on their monthly premiums, according to an article from  Kaiser Health News.  

MACRA proposed rule could mean big trouble for solo practices, physician says

Absent a radical change in the way the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services measure care quality, small practices will bear the brunt of the proposed rule for the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), according to an interview in  Physicians Practice.