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The Two-Midnight Rule

Hospitals are paid differently for treating inpatients versus outpatients. With a new rule, CMS has tried to clarify when it is appropriate to admit someone as an inpatient.  JANUARY 22, 2015
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During the second round of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act's insurance Marketplaces, insurers and policy makers have a new challenge: keeping last year's enrollees in the system.  DECEMBER 22, 2014
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Physician Compare

Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government must post information about physician performance and quality of care on a public website.  DECEMBER 11, 2014
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The 340B Drug Discount Program

Manufacturers are required to provide outpatient drugs at a discount to certain health centers, hospitals, and clinics.  NOVEMBER 17, 2014
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The Family Glitch

Some low-to-moderate-income families may be locked out of receiving financial assistance to purchase health coverage through the Marketplaces.  NOVEMBER 10, 2014
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The Ninety-Day Grace Period

Under the ACA, insurers must wait three months before cancelling the policies of subsidized enrollees who are delinquent on premium payments.  OCTOBER 16, 2014
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The Physician Payments Sunshine Act

New regulations require medical product manufacturers to publicly report payments made to physicians and teaching hospitals.  OCTOBER 2, 2014
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Drug Shortages (Updated)

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier brief was published September 11, 2014.

Government and private-sector leaders have struggled to address persistent drug shortages driven by complex market forces.  SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
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