WASHINGTON — A long-awaited audit of Maryland's health insurance exchange has found that the state improperly billed the federal government for $28.4 million as former Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration struggled to launch what would become one of the most troubled websites in the nation.
Silver Spring data center operator ByteGrid has acquired Annapolis company Sidus BioData, tapping its market of health care customers who increasingly need help managing and securing large amounts of electronic health records.
A philosophical divide over the benefits of shared risk versus the rights of individual companies to make health insurance choices lies at the heart of a high-stakes tussle now playing out in Annapolis.
Although the Affordable Care Act and creation of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange were important steps in expanding health care coverage for previously uninsured Marylanders, mounting evidence suggests that more work is needed to help ensure that coverage translates to care. Sen.
While the state's investment in substance use treatment has never met the need for care, Maryland is building a solid public health and health care financing system that can be mobilized to address our overdose epidemic. The state can turn the corner on the tragic loss of life by taking full advantage of its health care system.
Gov. Hogan's proposal to exclude approximately 1,400 pregnant women from the program next year is just one way the new Republican governor wants to rein in Medicaid spending. Some Democrats say they will fight the cuts.
Harford County's first health clinic set up to serve uninsured and under-insured patients, as well as those with full health coverage, has already seen 800 patients, even though it has only been open for about eight weeks.
In an effort to draw attention to the end of this year's enrollment period for health insurance, President Barack Obama met Tuesday with 10 people -- including a Maryland woman -- who wrote letters to thank the administration for signing the Affordable Care Act.
Residents of Maryland who bought insurance through the Maryland health exchange should expect letters in the mail this week proving they held coverage in 2014, the first year that federal tax penalties apply under the Affordable Care Act.
Making sure pregnant women have the health care and prenatal services they need should be one of Maryland's top priorities. That is why we were so surprised and disappointed to learn that Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed budget could deny Medicaid benefits to up to 1,400 lower income pregnant women. We call on the governor to restore this unconscionable $9 million budget cut. If it is not possible to do this with present revenue, we will push for our proposed tobacco tax increase to provide the
To Medicare and ACA reformers, quality and value are broken down into discrete measurements that must be entered into a computer exactly as Medicare dictates. Failure to do so could lead to crippling fines. I have been audited twice already in the past year, with more audits to come. No wonder patients must face doctors who stare at computer screens and do not have time to listen. That is the result of the ACA's quest for value.
Maryland health exchange officials told the Senate Finance Committee of the General Assembly Wednesday that 191,000 people had signed up for public and private insurance during open enrollment, which lasts until Feb. 15.
The health care law that was supposed to make insurance available to hundreds of thousands in the state is costing Marylanders so much in prescription drug costs that it may deter patients from taking their medicine, the survey by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease found.
National health reform was supposed to open the doors to mental health services for hundreds of thousands of people who couldn't get treatment, but in Maryland patients are finding there aren't enough doctors.
Almost 140 small businesses have signed up their employees for health coverage through the state's new small business exchange by using outside contractors and paper applications, according to information presented at the exchange's monthly board meeting Tuesday.
Without action by Congress, federal funding to support community health providers will be drastically cut — by as much as 70 percent. In Maryland, these community providers — or Federally Qualified Health Centers — stand to lose more than $25 million in federal funding beginning in mid-2015. That will result in a loss of access to care for between 29,000 and 34,500 people in our state. These are people who live in Baltimore City and its suburbs, around Washington, D.C., and in
WASHINGTON — A controversial tax on medical devices and a requirement that companies offer health coverage for employees who work a shortened week are being targeted for repeal by the new Republican Congress, an indication the party remains committed to undercutting "Obamacare."
Reforms under the Affordable Care Act are prompting hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other providers across the country to look for ways to cut costs. Former Erickson Retirement Communities CEO Rick Grindrod launched a consulting firm in 2013 to help skilled nursing facilities and hospitals set up contracts to participate in a new federal Medicare reimbursement program designed to save the government money.
Some consumers had health plans that didn't comply with the Affordable Care Act. After reprieve, they must purchase new plans on health exchanges this year. Many are finding higher premiums or less coverage.
Van T. Mitchell, an Annapolis lobbyist who is Gov.-elect Larry Hogan's choice to serve as Maryland's health secretary, said Friday that he will recuse himself from considering matters that involve his former clients.