Jordan Rau’s stories have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico, and on npr.org and nbcnews.com, among other media outlets. He came to KHN when it was started in 2009 from the Los Angeles Times, where he covered California government and health care politics in Sacramento. He previously reported for Newsday in New York, the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire and two newspapers in Vermont. | Contact: JordanR@kff.org
The ruling on Medicaid creates a new arena for political battles in the 26 states that sued to overturn the law. Within hours of the decision, Republican officials in several states said they were likely to oppose expanding the program.
Under the 2010 health law, the government has invested in a decade’s worth of ideas on how to improve patient care and change the ways doctors and hospitals function -- changes could be halted if the Supreme Court throws out all or part of the law.
If the Supreme Court strikes down part or all of the 2010 federal health law, millions of Americans - including the uninsured, young adults and the chronically ill - could be affected.
The new data, which include beneficiaries' bills in the hospital and for 30 days afterward, are a first step toward using bonuses and penalties to encourage more efficient care.
A little-noticed provision of the health law calls for increasing reimbursements to doctors who provide quality care at lower cost and reducing payments to physicians who run up costs without better results.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports that a test project – which inspired part of the federal health law – had no effect on mortality.
Should the Supreme Court throw out the requirement to carry insurance, the administration might need assistance from Congress or the insurance industry to complete the overhaul.
The new data identify many major teaching institutions as having high rates of serious complications. But officials say the measures are faulty.
Catholic Healthcare West today ends its governing board's religious affiliation to ease concerns from possible new partners. Some of its hospitals will remain Catholic.
Whistleblowers allege that AseraCare improperly channeled people to gain maximum Medicare reimbursements. In a separate suit, federal attorneys say the company pressured employees to enroll patients in hospice who weren’t dying.