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Some Hospitals Set Charges at More Than 10 Times Their Costs
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 02:46 PM

With growing national attention to hospital pricing practices, new data released by the nation's largest nurses organization showed that hospital charges continue to skyrocket with some U.S. hospitals charging more than 10 times their cost — nearly $1,200 for every $100 of their total costs.  

"Such inflated practices continue to price far too many Americans out of access to needed medical care or expose them to financial ruin. It's long past time to rein in the price gouging, and recognize that a healthcare system based on profiteering puts all of us at risk," said Jean Ross, RN, co-president of National Nurses United, whose research arm, the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, conducted the research.

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Governor Jerry Brown signs CCA-sponsored AB 2143 into law
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:42 PM

“For many years, chiropractic doctors have been performing physical examinations on DOT drivers. However, there had been limitations on what could be done by the doctor, including the dipstick portion of the exam which had already been within the scope of chiropractic,” said Ken Winer, DC, chairperson of government affairs for CCA. “This constraint required the hardworking DOT drivers to leave the chiropractor’s office and go to a medical provider or outside laboratory to complete the exam, which placed an unnecessary time and financial burden for the DOT drivers.”

The federal government expects a shortage of providers available to perform the DOT examinations as now all providers who perform the examination are required to be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. DCs are authorized to perform the DOT examinations and many are quickly becoming listed on the registry and are now able to provide the entire examination in one visit and in one location.

Health Spending Up 5.6% in 2014
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 09:38 AM

In 2014, overall health spending will grow by 5.6%, with spending on physician and clinical services increasing by 5.9%, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is estimating.  In terms of dollar amounts, overall healthcare spending was expected to increase from an estimated $2.9 trillion in 2013 to $5.2 trillion in 2023.

That trend will continue from 2015-2023, when health spending will grow at an average of about 6% annually. Spending on physician and clinical services is expected to rise by 3.8% in 2015, and then increase by an average of 6.0% from 2016-2023, CMS projected.

Intellectual Laziness
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Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:07 AM

Doctors of Chiropractic are fully aware of the regularly relentless attics of the Texas Medical Association and their willing allies, but now others outside of the chiropractic community are taking note of it as well.  The website Healthcare Access for Texas in a report found at the following link reports and publicly shares their opinions regarding the TMA.  

Court Grants Class Standing to Out-of-Network Providers in UHC/Optum Lawsuit
Saturday, September 13, 2014 09:48 AM

The American Chiropractic Association reports that the federal court presiding over pending action against UnitedHealthcare (UHC)/Optum for inappropriate repayment demands will now allow providers, including doctors of chiropractic, who are outside of United's network to seek relief on a class-wide basis.

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