Health Care

Jun 5, 2015

Nearly 8.7M consumers received $272 per month in health insurance tax credits

During the 2015 marketplace enrollment period ending Feb. 22, nearly 8.7 million consumers nationwide received an average tax credit of $272 per month to make their health insurance premiums more affordable, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Jun 4, 2015

CMS opens up Medicare data to outside researchers

In order to spur innovation in health care the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will start allowing "innovators and entrepreneurs" to access data such as Medicare claims for research purposes.

Jun 4, 2015

Medicare data available to increase transparency on hospital, physician utilization

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted its third annual Medicare hospital utilization and payment data and its second annual release of the physician and other supplier utilization and payment data.

Jun 3, 2015

Highmark Inc.’s anti-fraud, waste and abuse measures save members millions

Highmark Inc. said Wednesday that its measures to combat fraud, waste and abuse saved the company $100 million in 2014 and will likely save it another $115 million this year.

Jun 3, 2015

PinnacleHealth West Shore Hospital receives NICHE designation

PinnacleHealth West Shore Hospital recently received designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) hospital, placing it at the "forefront of elder care," according to a system news release.

Jun 3, 2015

Senate OKs bill requiring navigators to register with Insurance Department

The state Senate unanimously passed legislation Tuesday that would require individuals acting as health exchange assistors or "navigators" to register with the Department of Insurance and to pass a criminal background check.

Jun 2, 2015

Pa. applies to set up state-based marketplace in advance of court ruling

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has applied to the federal government to create a state-based health insurance marketplace. The marketplace would serve as a backstop in case a U.S.Supreme Court ruling strikes down subsidies for state residents enrolled through the federal marketplace.

Jun 2, 2015

WellSpan reports 15.5% revenue increase for Q3

York-based WellSpan Health reported a 15.5 percent increase in revenue for the quarter ending March 31, up to $1.2 billion from $1.04 billion in the same period last year, according to its quarterly financial disclosure report.

Jun 1, 2015

Highmark finalizes merger with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Highmark Inc. has closed its merger with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania after securing approval from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

Jun 1, 2015

Midstate doctors opting for concierge health care model

When Dr. Theresa Burick opened a concierge care medical practice in Hampden Township in 2008, there were only 500 such practices in the country.

May 29, 2015

Local insurers help sponsor two days of free dental care in Harrisburg

Hundreds of volunteers have transformed a section of the Pennsylvania Farm Show into a clinic offering free dental care, part of an effort to address what sponsors say is a critical need among the working poor.

May 29, 2015

Newsmakers: Senior Living

Business featured this week: Providence Place Senior Living