Capsules: Hospitals In 5 States Clamp Down On Delivering Babies Before 39 Weeks; Study: States Lag On Tracking Potential Obamacare Loophole

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Phil Galewitz reports on elective early deliveries: "A study published Monday in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology showed a group of 25 hospitals in five states were able to cut their rates of elective early deliveries from nearly 28 percent to under 5 percent in one year. The March of Dimes, which partly funded the study and assisted the hospitals in setting up new policies and procedures, said the findings show hospitals can overcome cultural and economic barriers to lower their rates" (Galewitz, 4/8).

Also on Capsules, Jay Hancock reports how states are doing in tracking a potential health law loophole: "What if there were a way for even small employers to escape some Affordable Care Act rules blamed for driving up costs? Some see self-insurance for medical care, which is exempt from the law's taxes, benefit rules and price restrictions taking effect next year, as just such an opportunity" (Hancock, 4/8). Check out what else is on the blog.

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