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The Bare Essentials: One Way of Looking at HHS's Latest Pitch

Last Tuesday, HHS proposed regulations that, most notably, shed light on one of ACA’s centerpieces: gutting the insurance industry’s ability to limit coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and establishing new criteria for evaluating eligibility.
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Less is More: HHS Austerity Care

By Tom Norton As the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) circles around the elements of health care that will actually be included in our new “Essential Health Benefits” (EHB), one aspect of the EHB offering has caused a tremendous stir among dozens of health groups.  Their collective concern is focused on the […]
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Mass Gift Ban Repeal Efforts Fizzle

An effort in the Massachusetts legislature to repeal the state’s ban on many gifts to healthcare providers has failed. The year-old ban is considered one of the most restrictive in the country, banning restaurant meals, various gifts and requiring reporting on transfers of value above $50. “This repeal effort was started by legislators concerned that […]
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Huckabee and Johnston Expound on Reform

Image via Wikipedia Data analytics firm SAS, last week, played host to a bevy of pharma executives at the company’s Health Care & Life Sciences Executive Conference. The highlight, however, was a duel keynote speech from former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and his sparring partner, former Massachusetts director of health and human services Philip Johnston. […]
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Making Sense of US Health Reform: Some Points for the Perplexed

The March 21 passage by Congress of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides at long last a rough blueprint for driving future commercial opportunities in the second-biggest industry sector of the world’s largest economy. With over 2,400 pages of text and a phase-in timetable that extends to 2019, it is prudent to invoke […]
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