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23 Dec 2019

TEXAS GETTING STRONGEST U.S. LAW AGAINST SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS

  By Ashley Lopez   It appears Texas will get one of the strongest laws in the nation against surprise medical bills after all. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, waverein November  when the Texas Medical Board drafted the rules for its implementation. The board, made up of healthcare

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19 Dec 2019

FUJIFILM PLANS TO ACQUIRE HITACHI’S MEDICAL IMAGING BUSINESS

  Fujifilm is planning to acquire Hitachi’s medical imaging business in hopes of competing with larger global rivals in the space, according to a Dec. 18 report in Nikkei Asian Review. The purchase of the division could run just north of $1.55 billion, estimates the Review, and is expected to place

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19 Dec 2019

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT STRIKES DOWN PORTION OF OBAMACARE

By  Julie Rovner   A federal appeals court panel in New Orleans dealt another blow to the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, agreeing with a lower-court judge that the portion of the health law requiring most people to have coverage is unconstitutional now that Congress has eliminated the tax penalty that

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17 Dec 2019

SURPRISING SWINGS IN MOMENTUM FOR LEGISLATION ON SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS

    By Rachel Bluth After months of hearings and negotiations, millions of dollars in attack ads, full-court press lobbying efforts and countless rounds of negotiations, Congress appeared to be moving toward a solution to the nation’s surprise medical bill problem. Sort of. Surprise bills, the often-exorbitant medical bills that come

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16 Dec 2019

ANALYSIS: IN MEDICAL BILLING, FRAUDULENT CHARGES WEIRDLY PASS AS LEGAL

By Elisabeth Rosenthal Much of what we accept as legal in medical billing would be regarded as fraud in any other sector. I have been circling around this conclusion for the past five years, as I’ve listened to patients’ stories while covering health care as a journalist and author. Now, after

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