Posts Tagged ‘healthcare reform’

Healthcare reform: Good for retirees or not?

WASHINGTON — A report on the financial condition of the Medicare and Social Security programs contends the Obama administration’s sweeping healthcare overhaul will extend the life of the Medicare hospital insurance fund by 12 years — an assertion that Medicare’s top numbers-cruncher disputed. The report acknowledged in its own right that the brighter outlook for […] [...]

Barbour: Healthcare overhaul too expensive

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the federal healthcare overhaul will clobber small businesses with expensive mandates. The Republican spoke to hundreds of people yesterday during a meeting sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council and other business groups. Several weeks ago, Barbour joined a Florida lawsuit that seeks to block the health law that […] [...]

Government study: Overhaul will result in Medicare savings

WASHINGTON — The new health overhaul law will start producing savings for Medicare right away, and over time add 12 years of solvency to the program’s giant trust fund for inpatient care, the Obama administration says in a report to be released today. Medicare will save about $8 billion by the end of next year, […] [...]

Changes and challenges

Organizations waiting for specific instructions Healthcare financial experts have raised concerns about how non-profit hospitals will be impacted by healthcare reform that will bring difficult challenges of reduced payments while hospitals are also being tasked to improve efficiency. Moody’s Investors Service warns stand-alone community hospitals could suffer, which might force spending cuts and mergers among […] [...]

UMMC ahead of curve on uninsured FQHCs

In Sept. 2008, the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson began an innovative program to match Emergency Room patients with preventative care physicians in medical homes. Now the hospital believes it is seeing positive results. UMMC sees more than 100,000 ER patients a year. More than 30,000 of those patients are uninsured, and about […] [...]

Healthcare reform offers new risk pool

by Published: July 9,2010

Tags: health benefits, healthcare, healthcare reform

JACKSON — An uninsured Mississippian diagnosed with cancer can now obtain healthcare coverage and start filing claims for treatment almost immediately. That is how a new program offered by the healthcare reform bill will work, says Lanny Craft, executive director of the separate and already existing Mississippi Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool Association. The new […] [...]

Good news-bad news scenario for reform

State Medical Association president sees both sides for Mississippi with healthcare reform With some language of the federal Health Care Reform Act not going into effect until 2014, physicians in Mississippi are not sure at this point what the impact will be to patient care and their practices. Tim J. Alford, M.D., is the new […] [...]

Barbour files healthcare-reform lawsuit

by Published: May 14,2010

Tags: healthcare, healthcare reform, insurance, lawsuit

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour, on behalf of the State of Mississippi, today joined the multi-state, bipartisan lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal healthcare law passed earlier this year. “The Health Care Law passed earlier this year is an unprecedented expansion of federal power,” Barbour said. “The Constitution does not give Congress or the […] [...]

Cochran: Healthcare reform pressuring budget

by Published: May 12,2010

Tags: federal budget, healthcare, healthcare reform

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ranking member on the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, is predicting that unfunded costs for implementing and paying for the nation’s new healthcare reform law will put new pressure on the federal budget—and Congress. In a letter to Cochran, […] [...]

State may expand nurse practitioners’ authority

JACKSON — With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states, including Mississippi, are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners. These nurses with advanced degrees want the right to practice without a doctor’s watchful eye and to prescribe narcotics. And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called “doctor.” For years, […] [...]

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