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Medical Billing System Rollout Date Is Elusive

The American Hospital Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans have pushed to stick with the current plan for implementing the ICD-10 billing system. Many organizations began working toward the conversion of codes years ago. An initial target date for ICD-10 was October 2011, which was then pushed to October 2013. The date was delayed to October 2014, which was most recently kicked to October 2015.

Lawmakers May Let October Medical-Code Deadline Stick

The United States appears poised to join much of the developed world in switching over to a system of medical billing codes that was adopted in France, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany more than a decade ago.

Vote Study Shows Obama Gets His Way in GOP-Controlled Senate

Republicans took the Senate in 2014 by stressing the data that CQ Roll Call’s presidential support vote study revealed: Democrats in red states were sticking close to President Barack Obama. So here’s a surprise: the new GOP majority in 2015 is voting Obama’s way as often as they ever have.

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Path Forward on Lynch Nomination Tied to Abortion Language

Senators negotiated Wednesday over how to end a legislative standoff that has stalled votes on an otherwise noncontroversial anti-human trafficking bill as well as the nomination of Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general.

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Vote on Lynch Nomination Possible--With a Big 'If'

Loretta Lynch’s bid to be the next attorney general remains mired in Senate politics, but Republicans offered a proposal Tuesday that could lift a major hurdle to a floor vote on her nomination.

Military Construction-VA Appropriations by the Numbers

House appropriators unveiled a spending bill this week for military construction and veterans programs that would fall short of what the president wants, but would boost spending over the current level.

Appropriations Markup Puts GOP in Tough Position Of Balancing Defense, Veterans Spending

The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill House appropriators planned to mark up Wednesday clearly illustrates the dilemma of Republican congressional leaders this year in trying to hold the line or reduce spending while not shortchanging their most sacrosanct areas of government — national defense and the care of veterans.

Ted Cruz Wants to Use Religion to Discriminate in Our Nation's Capital | Commentary

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Who Foots the Bill for Graduate Medical Expenses?

Teaching hospitals and ambulatory settings in the United States are responsible for training physicians after they complete medical school, through several years of hands-on residency programs in various areas of medicine. Because they rack up significant expenses in training these residents, teaching hospitals receive some additional funds from other sources to cover the costs.

Teaching Hospitals May Benefit From Schumer's Likely Ascension in Leadership

Teaching hospitals have an ally in New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer and are likely to benefit if, as expected, he becomes the Senate’s next Democratic leader.

Conservatives Push for Fully Paid 'Doc Fix' Deal

Momentum is building among conservative senators to scrap an exemption from budget laws in the House-passed "doc fix" deal, a move that would pressure Congress to offset $141 billion of the package's cost not currently paid for later this year, outside groups say.

Racing to Better Health in Oklahoma City | Commentary

When the clock struck noon on April 22, 1889, approximately 50,000 people raced to claim settlements across 2 million open acres comprising present-day Oklahoma. By the time the sun set that evening, the population of Oklahoma City had gone from zero to 10,000 and was on its way to becoming the capital of our great state.

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Permanent 'Doc Fix' Could Shift K Street Business

Some health care lobbyists pushing for a permanent “doc fix” say privately they are beginning to fret about what a long-term solution would mean for their own business.

An Important Law for All Food Service Providers | Commentary

At the end of 2014, the administration announced the final menu labeling regulation within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. With implementation at the end of this year, for the first time our country will have a national standardized approach to menu labeling, ensuring a clear, effective and transparent way to present calorie information so as to best meet the public interest.

Key Facts About Medicare Advantage

The Medicare Advantage program has grown from almost 7 million people, or 17 percent of beneficiaries in 2000, to about 16 million people in 2014, or 30 percent of beneficiaries.

Medicare Advantage Cuts Face Bipartisan Opposition

Senior citizens offering cookies and coffee are hard to reject. At least, that’s what supporters of insurance companies that cover people in Medicare are hoping. Recently, insurance-industry lobbyists brought people enrolled in private Medicare plans to Capitol Hill with a food truck, gave them red aprons to wear and asked them to talk about why Medicare should not cut payments to the insurers.

Celebrate National Kidney Month by Supporting Bipartisan Kidney Care Legislation | Commentary

Approximately 50 years ago, kidney failure was a death sentence. Even considering that fact is unnerving. Today, more than 600,000 Americans are living with kidney failure — and a large majority of those lives are sustained by life-saving dialysis treatments. That’s hundreds of thousands of lives that would have been lost and hundreds of thousands of families that would have been broken apart before the invention and expansion of dialysis treatment.

Experienced Lawyers to Argue ACA Case

The Supreme Court will hear one hour of oral arguments starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the health care lawsuit, King v. Burwell.

Health Care Exchanges Face Supreme Court Test

President Barack Obama’s health care law is for the second time at risk before the Supreme Court. The justices will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could leave the law unworkable without a legislative fix, and millions of Americans without health insurance.

Affordable Dental Health Care for Veterans, Children and Others Should Be a Right | Commentary

As our national focus remains firmly trained on health care, there remains an important element that has long been overlooked — oral health. Millions of low-income children and adults go each year without seeing a dentist. As many as 1 in 3 Americans do not have dental coverage. One in 4 adults age 65 and older have lost all of their teeth.

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