Pre-Bid now on 2000+ items! Our live auction is happening next Wednesday, November 2nd!

Current Location:
> This Story

Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Send us your Comments

Never Miss a Story

Sign Up For Weekly Top Stories


More Industry Headlines

Precision medicine is having a big impact on breast cancer chemo decisions: study Test distinguishes high risk of recurrence from low risk

Researchers combine X-ray with UV light for most effective cancer therapy Replacing chemo drugs with nanoparticle technology

Even without concussion, MR shows brain changes in young football players Even without major incidents, tackle football impacts brain function

PET/CT probe detects clogged arteries before atherosclerosis symptoms Disease usually doesn't announce itself until stroke or heart attack

Data Management: In the ICD-10 trenches, coding as an art and science Understanding the importance of a coding professional's work

J&J, Texas Medical Center partner to accelerate design of breakthrough medical devices The Center for Device Innovation will open in 2017

Study reviews alternatives to anesthesia for pediatric MR exams Different solutions suggested for different age groups

Survey finds slight uptick in radiation therapist positions available in the U.S. The vacancy rate of medical dosimetrists remains stable

World Medical Association taps controversial doc as chief Physician facing corruption and criminal conspiracy charges claims innocence

This Month in Medical History – Margaret Sanger and the first birth control clinic Breaking the law and changing attitudes

DOTmed zooms in on key reform issues

Focus on health care reform: changes in 2015 and beyond

by Astrid Fiano , DOTmed News Writer
Most of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act will be implemented between 2010 and 2014, but a few will take place in 2015 and beyond, pertaining to insurance and hospital-acquired conditions as well as another tax revenue provision. In this wind-up of the provisions contained in the act, below are a summary of the changes to take effect beyond implementation of the exchanges in 2014.

Insurance Reforms

Story Continues Below Advertisement

New & Refurbished C-Arm Systems. Call 702.384.0085 Today!

KenQuest provides all major brands of surgical c-arms (new and refurbished) and carries a large inventory for purchase or rent. With over 20 years in the medical equipment business we can help you fulfill your equipment needs

--States will be allowed to form health care compacts that will take effect in 2016. By 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will issue regulations for the creation of the health care choice compacts. Under those compacts, two or more states may agree to offer one or more qualified health plans in individual markets in all states. The plans would still be subject to the laws and regulations of the state in which the plan was issued. The issuer of the plan would also be subject to regulation of unfair trade practices and consumer protection standards. Any state participating must enact a law to authorize it to enter a compact agreement.

HHS may approve the compacts if the agency determines that the compact:

--Will provide coverage that is at least as comprehensive as the coverage offered through the exchanges to be set up in 2014;

--Will provide coverage and cost sharing protections against excessive out-of-pocket spending;

--Will not increase the federal deficit; and

--Will not weaken enforcement of laws and regulations relating to insurance in any state that is included in the compact.


--The amount of payment to hospitals in the top 25th percentile of rates for hospital-acquired conditions will be reduced by one percent with respect to discharges occurring during fiscal year 2015 and subsequent years. For some hospitals, an exemption may be given if the state can submit an annual report to HHS describing how a similar program in the state for participating hospitals achieves or surpasses the measured results of the national program with patient health outcomes and cost savings.

--HHS will make information available to the public regarding hospital-acquired conditions on each applicable hospital posted on the Hospital Compare Internet website.

--HHS will also conduct a study on expanding the health care-acquired conditions policy to payments made to other facilities under the Medicare program, including payments made to inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, hospital outpatient departments, skilled nursing facilities, ambulatory surgical centers and health clinics. The study will include an analysis of how such policies could impact quality of patient care, patient safety and spending under the Medicare program, and HHS must submit a report on the study to Congress by Jan. 1, 2012.
  Pages: 1 - 2 >>


Interested in Medical Industry News? Subscribe to DOTmed's weekly news email and always be informed. Click here, it takes just 30 seconds.
Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2016 DOTmed.com, Inc.