Medicare Advantage plans, with their reduced or free premiums and low out of pocket costs, have been a great help to many people. According to new data, the Advantage program looks ready to have another positive year of growth in 2018.
With the debate over the ACA and healthcare reform raging in Washington, it seems like the only headlines made by the Federal healthcare structure these days are negative. However, a new study shows reasons to be positive about some of the changes that have been made in the Medicaid system.
Lawmakers want the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to focus on patient matching, an issue health IT groups have previously called for. In a report (PDF) released ahead of Wednesday morning’s markup of the committee’s 2018 budget bill, which maintained a $22 million cut to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) proposed by the Trump administration, lawmakers pointed to patient data matching, along with prescription drug monitoring, as two agency priorities in the coming year.
On June 8, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court ruled on the Medical Malpractice Award Cap stating it was unconstitutional in the North Broward Hospital District, et al v. Kalitan case. In a 4-3 ruling, the state’s highest court affirmed the Fourth District Court of Appeal's 2015 decision finding the cap, established by Section 766.118 of the Florida Statutes, unfairly hurt those most severely injured by doctors mistakes. This ruling was heavily based on the 2014 ruling in The Estate of McCall v. USA. Both the decisions in Kalitan and McCall disregard the Select Task Force on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance that was appointed by then Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002.