Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare’

White House asks Supreme Court to rule on healthcare law

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The White House has asked the Supreme Court to uphold its healthcare law, inviting a possible high-stakes legal showdown just before the 2012 election.

The administration’s move came after a challenge to the reform from 26 states and small businesses.

The justice department asked the Supreme Court to declare the law’s key provision, requiring everyone to buy health insurance, constitutional.

The legislation extended health coverage to an extra 32 million people.

Passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act was a long-held dream of Democrats.

Challenge ‘will fail’

The White House’s move on Wednesday followed an August decision by the 11th Circuit appeals court, in Atlanta, that the individual insurance mandate exceeded Congress’ powers.

While the court said the remainder of the law was constitutional, it struck down its core requirement that Americans who can afford it must buy health insurance or pay a penalty from 2014.

The case was brought by 26 Republican attorneys general and governors, and small business owners, who oppose a provision forcing them to cover their employees’ healthcare at a level set by the government.

The justice department said in a statement on Wednesday: “Throughout history, there have been similar challenges to other landmark legislation such as the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, and all of those challenges failed.

“We believe the challenges to the Affordable Care Act – like the one in the 11th Circuit – will also ultimately fail and that the Supreme Court will uphold the law.” (more…)

New health-care regulations to extend students’ coverage

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Recent additions to the U.S. health-care reform law will provide college students with some minor benefits.

Effective Jan. 1, 2012, new regulations will establish more accountability on the behalf of insurance providers. Because University-sponsored insurance is mandatory for students, these new regulations will not affect students’ ability to obtain health insurance coverage.

In smaller ways, students may experience some benefits.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, insurance companies will not be allowed to levy lifetime coverage limits on student health plans, drop students’ coverage when a student becomes ill but has an error on an application, or deny coverage to students who are younger than 19 and have pre-existing conditions.

Before the health care law was enacted, many students were covered only under their parents’ plans until they were 21 years old, but the new act allows them to stay on until age 26. This means Washington University students will be able to use their parents’ insurance as secondary coverage in addition to the University-sponsored plan.

Virginia Wells, director of the health center at the College of William & Mary, a public university in Williamsburg, Va., attested to the health care law’s measurable benefits. (more…)

Huron Consulting Group Strengthens Wellspring+Stockamp, Huron Healthcare with Addition of Patient Flow Expert

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN), a leading provider of business consulting services, today announced that Patricia K. Cooper has joined the Company’s Wellspring+Stockamp, Huron Healthcare practice as a managing director focused on helping clients improve patient flow.

“Many hospitals are struggling with how to cope with the increased patient flow in an environment that is demanding higher quality and performance in the delivery of care,” said James H. Roth, chief executive officer, Huron Consulting Group. “Pat has a vast clinical and operations background helping hospitals manage patient flow while still maintaining and improving quality. We are pleased to welcome her to the Huron Healthcare team.”

Cooper has more than 30 years of experience in hospital operations. Cooper comes to Huron Healthcare from Quorum Health Resources, where she served as vice president, patient services. In her consulting experience, she led reengineering projects, productivity enhancement projects, operations improvements and strategic planning within most product lines. Additionally, Cooper has deep knowledge of nursing unit management and has worked as both a senior nursing executive and a nurse practitioner.

At Huron Healthcare, Cooper will assist hospital and healthcare clients address increased patient demand while continuing to balance quality of care. Specifically, she will be responsible for helping clients maximize patient flow in the hospital inpatient, perioperative and emergency department settings and enhance financial performance. Cooper holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Tennessee and is a Registered Nurse (RN). (more…)