Nearly 2,000 employers and unions approved into Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

From the US Dept of Health and Human Services: Affordable Care Act program will help pay health benefit claims for early retirees; applications still being accepted The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced the first round of applicants accepted into the Early Retiree Reinsurance...

Medicare Update: The Affordable Care Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that Medicare Advantage premiums for 2011 will be, on average 1% lower than in 2010. Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in Medicare health and prescription drug plans should, for the most part, will find little or no change...

Health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recover record $4 billion; new Affordable Care Act tools will help fight fraud

From the Department of Health and Human Services Joint DOJ & HHS efforts result in largest sum ever recovered in single year; new rules under the Affordable Care Act will keep fraudulent providers and suppliers out of Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and avoid payments of fraudulent claims U...

State Net Capitol Journal: GOP Govs Balking at ACA Medicaid Expansion

Several Republican governors said last week they will not expand their Medicaid eligibility standards to conform to the tenets of the Affordable Care Act. Instead they will utilize an out provided within the Supreme Court's ruling on the ACA's legality (see "SNCJ Spotlight: High Court gives...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Final Rules Issued for Health Care Reform Tax on Medical Devices, Effective January 1, 2013

By Jean C. Hemphill and Laura A. Kowal The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations and other guidance on the excise tax applicable to the sale of certain medical devices under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning January 1, 2013, a tax of 2.3 percent is imposed on the sale, use,...

Duane Morris LLP: ACOs and Long-Term Care: Don't Get Left Behind

With the U.S. Supreme Court decision ratifying President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "Affordable Care Act"), the implementation and development of accountable care organizations (ACOs) continued in full force this past summer. While most are likely to agree that...