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Sellers Dorsey Announces Leadership Changes: Hurdle Appointed CEO, Sellers Becomes Chairman at National Healthcare Consultancy

Sellers Dorsey announced key leadership changes aimed at business expansion at its annual meeting on October 23. Harvey Hurdle became the Chief Executive Officer and Sellers Dorsey's founder and current Chief Executive Officer, Martin Sellers, will now serve as Founder and Chairman. "I am honored to lead Sellers Dorsey and energized by the opportunities for the firm and our clients,"...

Medicare Advantage Payments: ACA Policies Would Have Saved Billions if Implemented in 2009

Medicare Advantage plans provide many benefits to Medicare beneficiaries, including lower costs, added services, higher quality than traditional fee-for-service (FFS), and less paperwork.  However, the way Medicare paid Medicare Advantage health plans led to a situation where Medicare was paying health plans more than the average cost of Medicare FFS coverage. Medicare Advantage plans are paid using a system based on...

Health Insurance Coverage from 2000 to 2010: Health Reform Implications of Deteriorating Coverage

The rise of uninsurance in the South and West over the past decade means those regions have the most to gain from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage expansions, says a brief by the Urban Institute sponsored the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  However, new taxpayer-financed health insurance coverage in the ACA health reform law could have a limited impact in those...

Medicaid Providers with Unpaid Federal Taxes: $800 Million Unpaid in Florida, New York, and Texas

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended in a recent report that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) step up its enforcement of tax collections for Medicaid providers, finding that providers in three selected states owed nearly $800 million in unpaid taxes. In particular, the GAO suggested the IRS collect taxes automatically from Medicaid payments to large, tax-delinquent providers. Roughly 7,000 providers...

Health Insurance Satisfaction: Consumer-Directed Health Plans vs Traditional Health Plans

The number of people choosing consumer-directed health plans continued to grow in 2011, reaching 7 percent of people with private insurance. Consumer-directed or consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) are high-deductible plans paired with health savings accounts (HSAs). Individuals pay into HSAs with pre-tax income, reducing their tax burdens. The plans are intended to give consumers more control over their health...

Global Use and Spending on Prescription Drugs and Biologics: Outlook though 2016

As patents on brand-name drugs expire, and generic drug use increases, the United States, Europe, and Japan will account for a smaller share of worldwide spending on prescription drugs, a report from IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics says. Yet rising incomes in countries such as Russia, China and India will drive demand in emerging pharmaceutical markets - sometimes called...

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