Health Law & Policy

Primary care can extinguish fee-for-service, study saysA new report suggests that primary care can phase out fee-for-service models by incorporating multiple healthcare teams, diverse pay models and technology.
Letter: Government intrusion dilutes PCMH conceptPhysicians don't need the government to implement the medical home concept, a reader argues.
Letter: doctors can take back control of medicineA reader suggests that physicians withhold non-emergency medical care from members of Congress and executives of health insurance companies as a way to emphasize their concerns over the problems of healthcare delivery.

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Letter: Use APRNs to solve primary care shortageAdvanced practice RNs can hep to fill gaps in the nation's primary care delivery system, a reader says.
Judge rules against health insurance subsidies for federal exchangesA federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that subsidies paid to people who purchased a health plan through the federal healthcare exchange established under the ACA are invalid.
Firms passing higher healthcare costs from ACA on to employees and limiting plan eligibilityEmployers are attempting to mitigate rising costs resulting from the ACA by shifting them to employees, according to a new survey from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

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Medicaid managed care programs need more oversight: OIGStandards for accessing care vary widely
Consumers report mixed feelings towards healthcare exchangesMajority say they were dissatisfied with purchase experience, but like ability to compare plans and affordability
Letter: ‘Physician shortage': A myth that benefits medical societiesA reader doubts the existence of a physician shortage.
Non-English speaking patients: Are you required to hire an interpreter?Physicians are subject to a wide range of federal and state mandates impacting their practice. Some of these requirements are murky, such as laws addressing discrimination against patients who speak limited or no English.

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