Susan Morse

Susan Morse is Associate Editor of Healthcare Finance. You can follow her at @susanmorseHFN

Trump Attorney General Sessions

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore. 

By Susan Morse 09:47 am November 21, 2016
Sessions will also step into AG role during the Department of Justice’s mega-merger injunctions against Anthem and Cigna as well as Aetna and Humana. 
Trump Tom Price HHS

Georgia Rep. Tom Price opposes the Affordable Care Act, voted for MACRA, and supports health savings accounts and capping tax breaks. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.  

By Susan Morse 08:44 am November 17, 2016
The Georgia Representative and Affordable Care Act opponent supports the use of health savings accounts and capping tax breaks for employer-based coverage. 
Trump healthcare Andrew Bremberg
By Susan Morse 02:38 pm November 11, 2016
Andrew Bremberg, an advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Health and Human Services employee, will lead workflow, policy and personnel for the transition team. 
$100 million Tricare fraud
By Susan Morse 11:39 am October 21, 2016
The massive scheme at Fort Hood, Texas, involved prescribing pain creams to military personnel and disguising payments. 
ICD-10 grace period ends
By Susan Morse 10:45 am October 05, 2016
Executives involved with the code switch said the first year went smoothly. But they are now expecting a new level of difficulty in the next 18-24 months while coders must be more precise for CMS and private insurers to accept and pay claims. 
Cigna telehealth AMWell MDLive

Source: Pollaidh Major via Flickr. 

By Susan Morse 06:43 am September 28, 2016
The insurer is adding American Well's AMWell service to its existing MDLive options to enable doctors to treat patients with minor medical conditions remotely. 
By Susan Morse 11:57 am September 14, 2016
Between 2010 and 2015, Medicare beneficiaries across all states avoided almost 104,000 readmissions, according to CMS data released Tuesday.
CMS Slavitt MACRA flexibility
By Susan Morse 06:50 pm September 08, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator outlines four new options that physician groups will have to comply with the law, avoid negative payment adjustments and, in certain cases, even qualify for a modest incentive payment.  

"Accountable Care Organization initiatives in Medicare continue to grow and achieve positive results in providing better care and health outcomes while spending taxpayer dollars more wisely," said CMS Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, MD.

By Susan Morse 09:59 am August 26, 2016
More than 400 Medicare ACOs generated some $466 million in savings, said Patrick Conway, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on August 25. Of those, 125 qualified for shared savings payments by meeting quality performance standards.
Cigna CareAllies analytics
By Susan Morse 03:10 pm July 19, 2016
The insurer said its new subsidiary will work with health systems to create necessary core capabilities for alternative payment models or to hone those already in place for more effective physician alignment and clinical integration. 

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