Monthly Archives: October 2015

New ACA FAQ Clarifies Coverage Requirements for Lactation, Obesity and More

The Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury have released the twenty-ninth FAQ regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These FAQs are released periodically to answer questions from stakeholders regarding ACA implementation. FAQ XXIX addresses … Continue reading

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Referrals Drive Up Hospital Revenue—and Health Care Costs

As the health care field becomes increasingly competitive, hospitals are acquiring independent practitioners in order to increase referrals and revenue. The American Medical Association says that one third of all doctors—mostly primary care practitioners—work for hospitals or for practices wholly or partially owned by hospitals. Continue reading

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HHS Proposes Rule on ACA Anti-Discrimination Provisions

On September 8, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) proposed a rule to interpret Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557, which prohibits discrimination in health care and related industries, expressly bans discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age and disability. Continue reading

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